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Entering Your Home After A Flood

As we continue to deal with flood waters in Madison County, we thought that it would be a good time to talk about what residents should consider before going back to their homes. Returning to your home after a flood can be overwhelming and it is important to remember that your personal safety is your first priority!

When it is safe for you to go back home, you should walk around the house first and note any downed or damaged powerlines, broken water lines, and smell for gas leaks. Notify your utility company immediately if you notice problems.  Flood water may contain raw sewage and other contaminants, so you should wear protective gloves, boots, geadgear, goggles, etc.  Contact your county health department about testing your water to be sure it’s safe to drink.

When entering your home you should:

  • Turn off the power in your home as soon as it is safe to enter, even if the utility has turned power off in your neighborhood. Turn all electricity off at the main breaker/fuse box.
  • Shut off the gas. Leave your home immediately if you smell gas.
  • Check for broken or leaking water pipes. If you find any, turn of the water at the main pipe.
  • Step carefully as water and mud can make floors very slippery. Also, watch out for loose flooring and ceilings that are sagging, as well as for snakes and animals.

For more information about floods and other disaster related information, visit our website at

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2009 by in Disaster Response.

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