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Flooding Damage Information

Flooding Damage Information

Before the waters rise…..Prepare!

  • Move all items on the lowest level off the floor and up above the potential water depth. (2-3 feet)
  • Video record or photograph your home and the contents for a possible insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance agent and ask about flooding.
  • Un-plug electrical appliances not being used in the low areas.
  • Obtain and fill sandbags. (see the townships web site on locations)!
  • Consider pumps for dewatering.
  • Shut off circuit breakers to low areas of your home not being used such as the basement, crawl space, and outside outlets.
  • Relocate animals and crates or Kennels to high ground.
  • Secure valuables and important documents in waterproof containers.
  • Gather up valuables that you will need/want if you have to leave your home.

After the water rises……Act!

  • Do not enter water unless you are sure that the power is off.
  • Wear rubber boots with good traction. Be careful of wet uneven ground.
  • Use rubber or plastic gloves if working or de-watering.
  • If standing in water for more than a few minutes, be aware of Hypothermia. Cold water can reduce your body temperature.
  • Do not run gas powered pumps, fans, or generators inside of a building. Carbon Monoxide gas from the fuel can kill.
  • Do not let power cords for pumps or tools contact water.
  • Flood water should be considered contaminated. Wash and disinfect all surfaces and tools that come in contact with flood water.
  • Be sure to wash / shower or bathe after contact with flood waters.
  • Dispose of any food and or medications that come in contact with flood waters.
  • Clothes, toys, cloth surfaced objects that come in contact with flood waters should be thoroughly washed, or disposed of.
  • Furniture, carpet, padding or any “sponge Like” items that have been in flood waters may need to be disposed of.
  • Wear a life jacket or PFD if working in or near flood waters.
  • Never try to walk through fast moving waters.
  • Never drive through flood waters.

For more information, go to www.FEMA.gov or contact your insurance provider.

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