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What to Do: Tips for during and after a flood

Oklahoman Published: June 15, 2010
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Tips for during and after a flood

→During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of their vehicle, and should not attempt to walk through moving water, as there is no way of telling its depth.


→After a disaster, there are often areas that contain polluted water. This may range from untreated wastewater sewage to chemicals from industrial facilities. In all cases where potentially contaminated water is standing, contact with the water should be avoided. If contact with contaminated water occurs, shower or bathe as soon as possible, using antibacterial soap.

→If you are injured while in contact with polluted water, contact your physician regarding vaccinations that may be necessary to prevent infection.

→After the water has receded, the cleanup process may also create the risk of coming in contact with contaminated water. Take precautions to limit contact with these contaminants. Outside areas should be washed using a garden hose.

Steps when returning home

→Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, leave immediately and call 911.


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