If you are a resident of Minnesota, you are very aware of all of the rain and flooding throughout the state. Streams, rivers and lakes are bulging, and many have spilled over to create flooding. High waters are likely to crest in the coming days. The water is not only a nuisance, but also poses danger from landslides and flooding roads, to flooding homes. Some lakes throughout the state have created a “no wake” warning, creating a longer delay for Minnesotan’s to get out and enjoy summer after a very long and cold winter.
This summer has been the wettest year ever in recorded history for the state of Minnesota. With flooding expected, local homeowners could see the effects in their homes. Flooded homes not only pose a problematic mess, but they can also be very dangerous.
Here are some of our tips if you run into the unfortunate situation of flooding:
- Turn Off Electricity- DO NOT walk into any water standing in your home without turning off the main breaker or fuse box. If you cannot reach the breaker box without walking through the water, call the local fire department to come turn off your power.
- Document You Water Damage- Take pictures of the water damage on your property. Do it as soon as possible, so you can document the damage for insurance claims.
- Watch for Gas Leaks- Gas leaks are very possible during a flood. Turn off your gas outside the home, and if you are unable to, call the gas company. Beware of a hissing noise, and the smell of gas, which may indicates a leak.
- Do Not Eat/Drink Food- Beware of contamination from food and water that came in contact with contaminated floodwater. Also, do not drink tap water until you know it safe.
- Pump Water Out Gradually- Pump out portions of the floodwater everyday. DO NOT pump the water out all at once. This can cause structural damage.
- Use Bleach to Clean- Disinfect your home by using a bleach and water solution on the walls and floors. All of the household belongings in contact with the floodwater should also be washed in this solution. Some pieces may need to be professionally cleaned or replaced all together. Use air conditioning, fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the inside of your home.
- Discard Any Moldy Items- Wood and upholstered furniture, as well as other porous materials can trap mold. If you can’t properly clean, discard these items.
Check http://511mn.org/ for traffic conditions and road closures in Minnesota.
Take a look at this site http://water.weather.gov/ahps/ view a map of flooded areas.
Emergency Electricity Problems:
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