Flood Safety and Recovery Information

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When Flooded Turn Around Don't DrownWith heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, flooding is a major concern across much of North Carolina. This flooding will remain across much of the eastern part of the state for several days. After the flood waters recede, there will be many health and safety concerns left behind.

Some flood safety tips include:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Flood waters are dangerous and can contain chemicals, fuel, sewage and other contaminants which can cause serious health concerns.
  • To avoid waterborne disease, it is important to wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, especially before you eat.
  • If floodwaters come in contact with food, it becomes unsafe to eat. Even though some foods might seem protected because they are in cans, bottles, or jars, throw them out. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Consider all water unsafe until local authorities announce that the public water supply is safe.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

For more information related to this and other topics related to Hurricane Matthew recovery, please visit https://ncdisaster.ces.ncsu.edu

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Kitchen Cleanup After the Flood

This publication covers steps to take to clean up your kitchen after a disaster or emergency.

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How to Salvage Flood-Damaged Appliances

This publication covers items to consider when trying to salvage flood-damaged appliances.

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Dealing with Potential Moisture Problems After a Flood

This publication covers potential moisture problems in attics, crawl spaces and walls after a flood or other disaster.

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Flood-Damaged Furniture

This publication discusses how to possibly restore furniture, including antiques, damaged by floodwaters.

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Cleaning Flooded Upholstered Furniture, Curtains, Bedding, Table Linens and Other Household Textiles

This publication covers important information about cleaning household textiles after a flood.

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Reconditioning Flood-Damaged Tractors

This publication offers information on how to clean and recondition tractors that have been submerged in floodwaters.

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Reconditioning Flood-Damaged Farm Equipment

This publication offers information how to recondition farm equipment that has been submerged in floodwaters.