Cleaning Up (Chicago, IL)
Flooding throughout the Midwest means that many home and business owners are faced with post-flood cleanups. Please remember that floodwaters can contain bacteria, hazardous chemicals, floating trash and debris, and other public health hazards. Floodwaters can also drive many animals out of their homes and to higher ground – small animals may hide in debris, and snakes may be found in floodwaters.
Viewer Tip: If you are beginning a cleanup activity, be sure to protect yourself. Always listen for public health warnings from local officials and follow any directions they give after flood events. Wear gloves, boots, and other protective clothing if you are in contact with floodwaters, and be careful where you put your hands and feet during cleanup activities to avoid injury.
For information about home repairs and safety after a flooding event, see the American Red Cross and FEMA publication “Repairing Your Flooded Home” at www.redcross.org/static/file_cont333_lang0_150.pdf.
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
(Source: Margaret Fowke, NOAA National Weather Service. “Environmental Health and Weather.” National Disaster Education Coalition.)