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Priorities for clean-up and repair after a flood

Diane Corrin

The following guidelines will help you get your home back to livable standards as soon as possible. The first priority is your safety. For instance, buildings may not be habitable during the cleaning process. Before entering the house, shut off the gas. Also, to avoid electrical shock, shut the power off to flooded areas and wear rubber boots. Wear waterproof gloves when handling flood contaminated materials. Finally, before you get started, assemble an essential first aid kit for minor injuries that may occur while cleaning.

The clean up and subsequent repairs may take weeks, even months. For more detailed information, contact your local Minnesota Extension Office and request publications for your specific needs.

Reviewed by Dick Stone April 2011


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