Storms and heavy rains can cause heavy flooding in such a short period of time. A perfect example of this is in Lousiana currently. They had 2 feet of rain that fell consistently for 3 days, and within a 72-hour time span the streets were flooded. The National Weather Service is warning that rivers will stay in flood stage for days
Flooding means that not only will a homeowner have to think about the current situation of being displaced from their home and losing some of their personal belongings, but the results after the water is gone. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria.
Once the water has subsisded the presence of dirt, grime, bacteria and mold will be present. The level of these things depends on how long the standing water is left unattended. In a case like Louisiana there is no telling when the water can be extracted from the towns let alone peoples houses.
After the waters have subsided and before you immediately enter your home refer to this checklist.
1. Watch out for wild animals, poisonous snakes that may have entered the home, check thru the debris.
2. Watch out for plaster, loose ceiling structures and document everything for yourself and for insurance purposes.
3. Throw away any food, anything that may have come in contact with the flood waters, anything in the fridge.
4. Check electrical systems, gas leaks, sewage and water lines all for damage.