With historic flooding, high water levels and substantial amounts of rainfall, our thoughts go out to everyone along the east coast. As floodwater levels decline and it’s time to start the recovery process, we have gathered information on how you can begin restoring your home.
If you evacuated, return home ONLY after authorities advise it is safe to do so. Keep tuned to your local radio and TV stations for recovery information.
– When you return, beware of downed or loose and sagging power lines. Report them immediately to the power company, police, or fire department.
– When you are driving home, avoid flooded roads, washed-out bridges, earth slides, and downed trees or power lines.
Restoring your home
- Check for structural damage before reentering the home. Do not go in if there is a chance the building will collapse. Turn off any outside gas lines at the meter tank.
- Enter the home with caution
- Beware of snakes, insects and other animals
- Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home
- Do NOT use matches, cigarettes lighters or other flames in the home, since gas may be trapped inside
- Inspect the utilities in your home
- Check for gas leaks
- Look for electrical system damage
- Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your home for safety
- Take pictures of any damage for insurance claims
- Check the refrigerated foods for spoilageIf in doubt, throw it out.
Throw away any food, medicine, or water that has come in contact with floodwaters, even canned goods. Boil water for 10 minutes if questionable purity