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After the flood

May 27, 2011

It was movin’ in Morrisville last night and the Montpelier and Barre area got thumped.   So many roads were washed out the adage that ‘you can’t get there from here’  is ’bout right.    Best to go slow on roads near water. 

Here are some things to do after the flood from FEMA:

 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.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

And it will get better.   The sun will come out and things will dry out.  Know that you are not alone and there is help out there.  If you have been really hit by the storm or you are enduring what seems to be endless flood waters or  crops can’t be put in and you are wondering how you are going to get though this all please call Vermonts 211 help number.   If you know of someone or a farm that could benefit from this information please pass it on.  This too shall pass.

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