Flood Clean-up and Safety
Many parts of the country, including the Midwest, can experience extensive flooding. If you find yourself affected by flood waters, be sure to keep your health and safety in mind as you begin the cleaning up. Below are some materials to help you manage flood clean-up and health and safety concerns.
Clean-up After a Flood
There are many things to think about as you begin cleaning up after a flood. Below are some materials to guide you through your clean up process.
- Animal Hazards After a Natural Disaster (89.9 KB)
- Cleaning Basements After a Flood (25.7 KB)
- Cleaning and Disinfecting After a Flood (26.3 KB)
- Deciding What to Salvage (37.0 KB)
- Fact Sheet for Restaurants After Flooding Occurs (28.2 KB)
- Flood Contaminated Foods (25.8 KB)
- Flooding and Childcare (38.3 KB)
- Hand Hygiene and Gloves for Flooding (22.7 KB)
- In an Emergency Discard or Salvage (27.1 KB)
- Mold Fact Sheet (73.8 KB)
- Re-entering Your Flooded Home (81.6 KB)
If you reside in a rental property and experience flooding issues, you can contact the Community Services division of either the Davenport or Bettendorf Fire Departments:
- Bettendorf Fire Department (563) 344-4149
- Davenport Fire Department (563) 326-6198
Wells and Sewage Systems
Before you begin flood clean-up or the shock chlorination process, dress in appropriate safety clothing and equipment. Wear goggles to avoid contact with eyes, a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands and rubber boots, as well as a waterproof suit, coveralls or a full-length apron to prevent discoloration of your clothing. These are the recommended procedures and guidelines only. If you are not comfortable performing this procedure personally, please call a licensed contractor to shock chlorinate your well for you.
If you become injured during flood clean-up, contact your health care provider for wound care and to determine if a tetanus-containing vaccination is needed. If a tetanus-containing vaccination is recommended, the Scott County Health Department does offer Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine to the public for a $40 charge.
- Immunization Flooding Fact Sheet (29.2 KB)
- Tdap What You Need To Know (66.3 KB)
- Tetanus Fact Sheet (50.0 KB)
Stay Out of Flood Waters
It's advisable to stay out of flood waters.
- Assume water is contaminated with sewage and chemicals.
- Hidden hazards exist such as submerged glass, metal fragments, open manholes, storm drains and downed power lines.
- Water is fast moving creating drowning risk. Even shallow standing water is dangerous.
During a disaster, such as a flood, stress levels can be at an all time high. Here are some frequently asked questions about coping with stress after a disaster.
- Iowa Department of Public Health: Flood Related Disease Precautions and Information