February 20, 2007

Purdue resources available to recover from floods

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With record snowfall this month in Indiana and rain in the forecast, many areas of the state may be in for severe flooding, but Purdue University has resources to help people prepare for and deal with flooding problems.

"There are two typical topics people ask about during a flood," said Abigail Borron, Purdue Extension disaster communications specialist. "The first involves food safety concerns and the other is mold in the home."

The Purdue Extension publication, "First Steps to Flood Recovery" is available free at http://www.ces.purdue.edu/eden/disasters/floods/FloodRecovery.pdf and covers many flood-related issues. The publication has information regarding how to take care of people and pets during a flood, how to enter a flooded building and salvage damaged property and how to deal with foods contaminated with floodwaters.

"When it comes to food, if in doubt, throw it out," Borron said. "After a flood, keep only canned foods and sanitize the cans before opening them."

Additional resources are available from the Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network at http://www.ces.purdue.edu/eden/disasters/floods/index.html. Topics include how to deal with flooded wells, mold prevention and removal and cleaning flooded basements.

More information on flood preparedness and recovery also is available by contacting the Purdue Extension office in your county at (888) EXT-INFO.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722

Source: Abigail Borron, (765) 494-4390

Note to Journalists: More information on flood resources and expertise are available by contacting the local Purdue Extension office in your county at (888) EXT-INFO.

Related Web site:

Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/eden

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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