Written with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist.
When faced with disaster, one may not know where to begin or what to do when cleaning out our homes and businesses following a flood. To get started with this task, SDSU Extension has put together a list of resources to help start cleaning flood damages, personal belongings, and mold and mildew issues.
Flood Cleanup Resources
Cleaning Up a Flooded Basement
- Cleaning and Repairing Flooded Basements, Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension.
- After the Flood, South Dakota Department of Health.
- Cleaning up after a flood, University of Minnesota Extension.
Salvaging Personal Items
- After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures, FEMA.
- Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms, FEMA.
Get Rid of Mold & Mildew
- Cleanup and Remediation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, EPA.
- Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters, National Institutes of Health.
- Septic Systems – What to Do after the Flood, EPA.
- Flooded Private Sewage Systems, National Ag Safety Database.
- Septic Systems and Flooding, NDSU Extension.
- Protecting Your Septic System From Flooding, PennState Extension.
Remember to take care of yourself first: wearing proper safety equipment (rubber boots, rubber gloves, goggles, etc.), don’t over-exert yourself, take breaks, and wash your hands after each cleanup.