When your house floods, the water can damage the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.
Clean and dry your house and everything in it.
Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected, like mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
When in doubt, throw it out!
Throw out ALL food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters, like canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
What to wear when cleaning:
A N-95 respirator (found at hardware stores)
Long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and
Boots or work shoes
Use portable generators OUTSIDE and far away from the building. The exhaust, or fumes, from a portable generator could kill you in minutes if you breathe it in!