Cleaning Up After A Flood

  • Listen for news reports on whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid 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.
  • Service damaged septic tanks and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
  • 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.  Contact the City Building Department to obtain more information