Clean-up of Flood Damaged Dwellings - September 23, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
James City County Emergency Operations Center
Clean-up of Flood Damaged Dwellings
All flooded buildings and dwellings should be ventilated with fans, if available, for a minimum of 30 minutes before entering.
The interiors of flood-damaged dwellings are potentially hazardous. Items in these dwellings should be considered potentially contaminated with bacteria, viruses, molds and chemicals from the floodwaters. Molds are the most persistent and may cause health problems to people sensitive to them. Wheezing, nasal congestion, eye irritation and shortness of breath are symptoms seen in those who are sensitive. Infants and the elderly should avoid areas where clean up is being done.
Recommended Personal Protection
Laundering may clean the following washable items:
Items to be salvaged, such as solid wood furniture, appliance, etc. AND all surfaces, such as ceilings, walls, floors, countertops and shelves should be disinfected using the following procedure:
If mold is not visible on item, use disinfecting solution of 1-cup chlorine bleach to 5 gallons of clean water.
Non-wooden kitchen utensils should be washed, rinsed with water, dipped in disinfecting solution, rinsed in clean water and then air-dried.
Peninsula Health District Williamsburg Area - 253-4813