How to Get or Give Flood Help in Central New York
The American Red Cross has teamed up with the Salvation Army to provide help after devastating flash flooding throughout Central New York.
The Red Cross ran out of clean up kits Sunday at the Boces shelter site on Middle Settlement Road "due to a higher-than-anticipated number of requests." More will be available today along with meals, water and other services.
If you need Red Cross services, call the Emergency Communications Center at 800-831-0927, EXT 1.
Cleaning and Repairing Your Home:
- Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
- Learn more about how to clean up after a flood, including the supplies you’ll need, how to sanitize food contact surfaces, and how to repair water damage.
- Be careful when moving furnishings or debris, because they may be waterlogged and heavier.
- Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
- Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.
- Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.