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If Cleanup is Necessary

 
Mud left behind by flood waters may contain health hazards. It is important to get rid of mud as soon as possible and to use care when doing so. Protect your eyes, mouth and hands. Wear rubber gloves and, if possible, a face mask when cleaning. Use a soap containing disinfectants to wash when you are done. Be sure your tetanus immunization is current.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises everyone to use extreme caution when returning to areas damaged by recent floods. POTENTIAL CHEMICAL HAZARDS may be encountered during the repair and recovery efforts. The flooding may have moved containers of solvents or industrial chemicals from their normal storage places. Do not try to remove any propane tanks. These represent a real danger of fire or explosion and the EPA urges you to call the police or fire department to report locations of tanks. Car batteries may contain an electrical charge. Wear insulated gloves when removing car batteries. Avoid coming in contact with any battery acid that may have spilled.

The Emotional Toll of Flooding

The emotional toll of flooding, as with any disaster, can be great. Friends, neighbors, and local churches are the main source of support. If further help and support is required, resource stations will be set up to meet the immediate needs of flood victims, including counseling. Local government will establish phone numbers for persons needing assistance with Federal and State Programs, as well as information regarding personal support.