Folks here in the U.S. are aware of the massive flooding in the Middle states of Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and eventually Louisiana, I am assuming. As you can see, most towns are furiously (and futile) trying to set up sandbag walls to hold back the flood waters.
When I see a sand bag…I see a house. All of those sand bags would easily construct an extremely sturdy structure (almost totally tornado proof) with the following materials: bags, dirt/sand composite, barbed wire, some measuring instruments, electric/plumbing as needed, windows, cement or earthen plaster, and small amounts of roofing materials. Voila, a hobbit house!
What will happen to those bags, if they are not washed downstream to tangle in trees or in boat propellers? We can build umpteen houses/camps for the homeless after the flooding. Just a thought.