Firefighters in the north east of England now have FloodSax to help them tackle severe flooding.
A parish council has acted to make sure the crews are equipped with the pioneering sandless sandbags.
The Northern Echo reports that Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council and Eggleston Parish Council have joined to fund 60 FloodSax and handed them over to the Fire and Rescue Service.
Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council clerk Judith Mashiter said: “The parish councils are aware that flooding of anyone’s home is an awful experience and hope that by providing these FloodSax that situation could be alleviated.”
FloodSax are transformed from being as light as a pillowcase to become better than traditional sandbags in around three minutes.
So they are very easy to store, transport and deploy.