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Cleaning Up your Home and Food Storage After a Flood

With all the floods occurring on the East Coast and the prospect of more to come this winter, I thought it might be a good time to post information about cleaning up after a flood.  Now of cause how much of this applies to you depends on how severe the flood affected your home.

Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely, you should begin cleanup.  The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property.  The longer that water/waste are allowed to remain in your home or on your property, the greater the potential for illness and irreparable damage to your home and its contents.  …

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What About Your Food Storage after a Flood?

What do you do with your food after your basement has flooded?  First, do not eat any food that has come in contact with floodwater.  Consider the flood water to be contaminated.

Get rid of the following types of food.

  • Opened containers and packages which have come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Unopened jars and bottles with screw top lids such as those containing mayonnaise or salad dressing.  The water will get up into the threads and you cannot decontaminate them.
  • Any foods in paper, cloth, fiber or cardboard boxes, even if the contents seem dry.  This includes salt, cereals, pasta products, rice and any sealed packages of crackers, cookies or mixes.
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Flood waters have covered my food storage. What can I keep?

Do not eat any food that has come in contact with flood water. Products properly sealed in cans or foil pouches can be used after the container is rinsed with clean water and immersed for 15 minutes in a freshly made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of clean drinking water. The containers should be completely air-dried before opening or storing.


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