North Dakota Provides Flood Clean-Up Guidelines

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The North Dakota Department of Health has prepared detailed information about proper cleanup after a flood.

A number of topics are covered, including emergency health precautions, mold in homes, waste disposal, indoor heating oil tanks and well disinfection. The information is available on the department’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/flood or by calling 701.328.5150.

Emergency Health Precautions – This fact sheet deals with personal precautions, issues related to power (electrical and natural gas or propane), flooded food items, and ensuring a safe drinking water supply. A list of labs that can test the bacteriological safety of drinking water is included.

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Mold in Homes – Moisture in homes can cause mold problems after a flood. This fact sheet includes information about the health effects of mold, how to detect mold and general clean-up guidelines.

Proper Waste Disposal – When cleaning up damaged items in the home after flooding, it may be tempting to dispose of everything into one big heap. However, different types of waste may need to be handled separately. Mixing wastes can slow debris cleanup and cause the waste to be more expensive to dispose of in local landfills.

Indoor Heating Oil – Indoor fuel oil spills can have serious air quality consequences. This fact sheet discusses spill control, reporting and cleanup.

Proper Well Disinfection – Water from wells that have been flooded are considered unsafe for consumption until proven otherwise. This fact sheet gives detailed information about how to disinfect and test private wells so they are safe to use after a flood. A list of labs that can test water for bacteriological safety is included.

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