What To Do After A Flood
- When the water starts to recede, flood hazards don’t end. Listen to the press and don’t go home until officials think that it’s safe to do so, attempting to avoid floodwaters. The water can be contaminated by petroleum, gasoline or raw sewage.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water when in contact with floodwaters.
- Be aware of areas in which floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Prior to returning to a building, inspect for cracks or other damage. When entering, use extreme caution, ensuring that the building is not in danger of collapsing.
- Take photos of the house damage as well as its contents for claims for insurance.
- Search for risks such as broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, submerged furnaces or electrical appliances and damaged sewage systems.
- Until local authorities confirm your supply of water safe to drink, vigorously boil drinking water.