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Many in the city are getting back to some form of normalcy but for others the hard work just begins.  If your home was submerged in water it is now time to start flood clean up to prevent mold growth.  Get friends, neighbors and family members to help you begin this tiring process to prepare your home for repairs.  The following steps can get your flood clean up started:

  1. Make sure to take pictures of your property before you start any flood cleanup.
  2. Lower the thermostat of your home, if you have electricity, to about 66 F to draw out moisture.
  3. To assist in the process of drying walls and floors place fans throughout your home.
  4. Place smaller debris in trash bags and the larger trash on your curb for when the city begins heavy trash pickup.
  5. Let wet clothes dry out, then place in bins or bags until you can wash them.
  6. Disinfect and bleach all surfaces and contents in your home.  You may have to completely dispose of items such as toys, rugs and furniture.
  7. Place your furniture in the backyard to dry out under the sun.
  8. Pull up wet carpet and cut padding in strips so that you are able to carry out to the street.  If you have flood insurance coverage save a 1-foot square piece to show adjuster.  Wear shoes and gloves when removing carpet tack strips using a small pry bar.
  9. Clean floors with bleach or soap and a mop allowing time to dry.
  10. Remove sheetrock and insulation immediately to prevent mold from growing.  Take off baseboards, light switches and outlet covers first.  Cut sheetrock at least 49 inches from the floor so it is easier to install new 4 x 8-foot sheets later.
  11. Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, if not made from particle board can be saved.
  12. If you reach your home after a flood and mold has already appeared wipe off with bleach or soap water and a rag.  Let boards and studs dry and spray with a product that stops mold from coming back.  Make sure you let everything dry before adding new insulation.  You can find this product at any home improvement store.
  13. Repair any roof leaks or storm damage such as holes, cracks, missing shingles, or clogged downspouts could cause further damages.

If your home did not have flood coverage you can apply for disaster relief assistance with FEMA by filing a claim.

  • Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By phone at 1-800-621-3362 open from 7am – 10pm CST
  • Upload FEMA App to your Apple, Android and Blackberry mobile devices

Please contact our offices if you have questions or need assistance filing your claim with our carriers.