Cleaning Up After A Flood

This information was provided by the Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:

  • For safety: rubber gloves, N-95 masks and regular hand washing will help minimize exposure.
  • To remove mold from hard surfaces mix 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water and wash with the mixture.  Use a stiff brush to scrub rough surfaces and rinse with clean water.  Dry the item or leave it out to air dry.

Flood water may be contaminated by waste from overflowing sewage systems as well as toxic waste from cars and industrial plants.

  • If an open cut or wound is in contact with flood water, clean it with soap and water and use an antibacterial ointment to lower your risk of infection.
  • Do not allow children to play in places or with toys that have been in contact with flood water.  Disinfect contaminated toys by cleaning them with a cleaning mixture with one cup of bleach to five gallons of water.

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Click here for more information from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Diasasters about cleaning up after a flood