Flood resources, April 13

    Flood resources

    Families returning to their flooded homes should be cautious during the cleanup process. In addition to other hazards, floodwater may contain sewage and biological contaminants that can linger in the home after the initial cleanup. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:

    • Keep children, sick family members and pets out of the flood-affected area until cleanup is completed.
    • Wear rubber boots, gloves and goggles during cleanup. Make sure you wear a mask with an N-95 or P-100.
    • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been submerged and contaminated with sewage, floodwaters or mold.
    • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. Let dry thoroughly.
    • Disinfect items and surfaces using water and bleach. After disinfecting, dry the surfaces thoroughly.
    • Before installing new drywall and insulation, make sure the walls are dried to 15 percent moisture or less.
    • Wash contaminated clothes in hot water and detergent. Use a laundromat until your on-site wastewater system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
    • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. If you become ill at any time during cleanup, seek immediate medical attention.

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