PO BOX 246 MANTEO, NC, 27954   PHONE: (252) 473-2133

After a Flood

The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

    * Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
    * Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
    * Avoid moving water.
    * Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
    * Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
    * Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
    * Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
    * Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
    * Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
PO Box 246, Manteo, NC, 27954, (252) 473-2133