Free Flood Recovery Resources

The summer of 2016 has brought record rainfall and disastrous flood events to thousands of Americans from Louisiana to West Virginia to Indiana. When the floodwaters recede and people return to their homes, their first instinct is to jump into repairs as quickly as possible.

However, doing so can actually make the damage worse.

According to the Extension Disaster Communication Network specialist Steve Cain, homeowners should wait to start repairs until the damaged areas have had a chance to dry out. “The tendency is to get to work as soon as possible, but that could lead to problems later,” Cain said. “Putting up insulation, drywall or paneling before the wood studs have completely dried out could trap moisture in the walls and lead to mold growth.”

For more tips on flood recovery visit Purdue University’s Flood Recovery Resources page where you can download a free copy of “First Steps to Flood Recovery.”

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