Cleaning Up After A Flood
- Confirm with the City if the water supply is safe for use.
- Avoid receding floodwaters. Never walk, swim, drive or play in floodwater.
- Oil, gasoline or raw sewage may have contaminated the water. Underground or downed power lines may also have electrically charged the water.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to your power company.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Water soaked drywall and building materials can be structurally unsafe.
- Flood water-soaked building materials can be a source for hazardous mold growth. Contact a specialist for remediation if you see mold on/within walls or have concerns.
- Service damaged septic tanks and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazard.
- Clean and disinfect everything wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
- Any repairs or improvements greater than 50 percent of a structure’s value need to meet National Flood Insurance Program requirements.
For more information on protecting your property from flooding, please contact the City of Milpitas Land Development Engineering Principal Civil Engineer (408) 586-3316.