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Stairwell Flex-Gate

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The Stairwell Flex-GateTM  is a high strength flexible wall that can be deployed rapidly for flood protection of subway stairwell entrances and other types of stairwell openings. It is constructed from textile based materials and sturdy, corrosion resistant hardware, stored in a container typically mounted at the end of the stairwell opening at surface level. It is manually deployed in minutes with minimal manpower or equipment. The Stairwell Flex-Gate provides effective flood protection of lower levels of infrastructure while allowing critical entrances to remain open to the last minute.


Product Attributes:

  • All components are stored at its point-of-use (no scrambling for parts in an emergency, no damage/loss of parts during transport)
  • Small volume container – unobtrusive,  no impact on opening access, fits design of stairwell
  • Design is scalable to water levels from Riverine to Hurricane flooding with wave impact
  • Deploy/retract quickly with minimal manpower and equipment
  • Can be customized for a variety of opening designs and sizes
  • Can deploy in high winds
  • Rugged construction and damping characteristics withstand debris impact
  • Effective protection of lower levels of infrastructure


  • Clear the subway/lower levels
  • Remove hand rail sections
  • Release tamper proof plates
  • Deploy the cover with manual turning rod
  • Lock Flex-Gate in place in receiver

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  • Product Attributes

    • All components are stored at its point-of-use (no scrambling for parts in an emergency) 
    • It can be installed in a horizontal or vertical orientation above or in the stairwell 
    • Small volume container – unobtrusive & low visual impact 
    • Design is scalable to water levels up to 30ft and deployable in high winds 
    • Deploy in under 10 minutes by a single person with minimal training and no special equipment 
    • Manually operated (can be automated) 
  • Product Types

    • Horizontal stairwell (single or multiple lane) 
    • Vertical stairwell (at bottom of stairs) 
  • Operation

    1. Open tamperproof step and guiderail plates 
    2. Crank cover to closed position using supplied ratchet 
    3. Lock end sealing plate & deploy entrance guard 
    4. Reverse procedure to open system 

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