Purdue Extension publication offers flood recovery advice

June 16, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension has a free publication to help homeowners recover from flooding that is expected to continue with more storms this week.

First Steps to Flood Recovery is available free for download at Extension's The Education Store at www.edustore.purdue.edu. Search for product code ACS-101-W.

Basement flooding from frequent, heavy rains in recent days already has been identified in pockets across the state, said Steve Cain, Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network homeland security project director and author of the publication.

"The widespread nature of these storms means that basement flooding will also be widespread," he said. "This publication provides information that helps people help themselves and their families, care for pets and livestock and salvage their belongings.

Among the sections in the publication are those in which Cain gives advice that:

* Recommends discarding most flooded food. "Floodwaters can contain a host of harmful bacteria."

* Guides readers through the process of salvaging keepsakes such as photographs and books, necessities such as carpets and appliances and home materials such as wallboard and insulation. "Start salvaging early because mold can take over within 48 hours."

* Explains safeguards for residents to observe upon returning home following an evacuation. "Use caution when returning to buildings because structures can be weakened by floodwaters. Wear a mask if molds and other pollutants are a threat."

Cain also urged motorists to exercise extreme caution if they approach a road covered by water. He said they should not risk getting stranded or, worse, getting washed away by trying to drive through it.

His standard, common-sense advice: "Turn around, don't drown." 

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu 

Source: Steve Cain, 765-494-8410, cain@purdue.edu

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