Flood Clean-up Safety

Flood Clean-up Safety

Road closed due to flooding.

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.

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.

Tetanus Vaccinations

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.

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.

Stress Management

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.

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