Hurricane Aftermath

What to do After a Flood

8/29/2011

The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.

  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

  • Avoid moving water.

  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.

  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.

  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.

  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

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