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Recovery and Restoration
Once you get past the first 24 hours you should set a longer term plan:

  • Get professional help. Be realistic about your own abilities. You may be able to handle tasks like removing small debris and cleaning damaged areas, but unless you have experience in construction and electrical repair, you will probably need to hire contractors to assess the damage and provide repair estimates.

  • Follow up with your insurance carrier if you have submitted a claim. Submit photos of the flood damage and complete any required paperwork. Consult your claims adjuster before discarding any damaged items.

  • Make a financial plan. Once you have repair and insurance estimates, determine how you will pay for any expenses that are not covered. If you need financial assistance contact your local Red Cross chapter and check local news for charitable and government disaster programs.


If you do decide to do some cleanup yourself follow these guidelines:

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected areas until cleanup is done.

  • Wear protective clothing including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

  • Be careful with cleaning solutions and never mix them. Some can cause toxic fumes when mixed together.

  • When in doubt throw it out! Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. Throw out any items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned and disinfected.

  • Assess tree damage. While you can probably do some cleanup of broken branches and small debris, leave tree removal to a certified arborist.

For more information about safe cleanup after severe weather go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup