City of Cincinnati gives tips about flood clean up

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati offers these tips on how to deal with flood clean in affected areas. Many departments in the city gave advice about what to do in the aftermath of a flood.

Travel Tips:

  • Roads that have been previously flooded may be slick because dirt and silt from the river may have coated the surfaces.
  • Anticipated rainfall may cause these road conditions to worsen, particularly on streets such as Kellogg Avenue and Mehring Way, which were completely covered.

Fire Department Safety Tips

  • Stay away from downed power lines and report the situation by calling 911.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Stay out of a building if it is surrounded by flood waters.
  • Fire Hazards. In case of a gas leak, use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining your home and avoid smoking inside. Consult Duke Energy about using electrical equipment, including power generators.
  • Structural Damage. To ensure your home is not in danger of collapsing, inspect the foundation for damage and check the integrity of walls, floors, doors, staircases, and windows.
  • Chemicals. Be aware of potential chemical hazards around your property, such as leaking propane tanks or car batteries, if chemical drums or barrels have washed upon your property or you observed any in your area. Do not go near the containers; call 911 with the following information: location of drum, color of drum, size of drum, marking on the drum, and whether or not the drum is leaking.

Metropolitan Sewer District Tips

  • If a basement is flooded and it is suspected to be a result of sewer backup, MSD will respond and investigate. Please call (513) 352-4900.  MSD will not remediate unless the flooding was the result of a sewer backup.

Health Department Safety Tips

  • Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat. Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. Throw away canned foods that are bulging, opened or damaged. Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture and perishable foods (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been above 40°F for 2 hours or more. If cans have come in contact with floodwater or storm water, remove the labels, wash the cans, and dip them in a solution of 1 cup (240 milliliters) of bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Clean up and prevent mold growth. Clean up and dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. To remove mold growth, wear rubber gloves, open windows and doors, and clean with a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Throw away porous items (for example, carpet and upholstered furniture) that cannot be dried quickly. Fix any leaks in roofs, walls or plumbing.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by many types of equipment and is poisonous to breathe. Don't use a generator, pressure washer, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window, door or vent. Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open. If your carbon monoxide detector sounds, leave your home immediately, and call 911. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
  • Wash your hands. Use soap and water to wash your hands. If water isn't available, use alcohol based products made for washing hands.
  • Wear protective gear for cleanup work. Wear hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves and watertight boots with steel toes and insoles.

Building Inspection Tips

  • For property where electricity has been disconnected has a flooded basements should, contact the City's Post-Flood inspection coordinator, David Schneider, 513-352-3968 to schedule a damage assessment. The electric service should not be restored until the building and equipment have been inspected.
  • Building permits are required prior to installation of drywall and repairing damages to electrical, plumbing, or mechanical (HVAC) systems.   Please contact 513 352-3267 with questions.

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