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Flood Cleanup Underway in Buchanan Co.
Updated: Friday, May 31 2013, 01:48 PM CDT
INDEPENDENCE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Flood waters are begin to recede across many parts of Buchanan County Friday. Below is an update from county leaders on their efforts to clean up the damage:
Flood clean-up is underway in Buchanan County. Flood clean-up kits can be obtained from the Independence Fire Station at 113 4th Avenue SE while supplies last. Iowa State University Extension, Buchanan County Office flood clean-up informational packets can be picked up at the same site. The packets give clear guidance regarding clean-up of flood water. Properly cleaning up flood water alleviates the risk of future environmental problems such as black mold. Additional resources for proper flood clean up include:
Bottled water for those who do not have clean water in their homes and bleach for clean-up in the flooded areas has been donated by Wal-Mart stores. These are located at the Independence Fire Station, also.
Do not drink water from a flooded well unless it has been properly disinfected and then tested for drinking safety. Call the Buchanan County Environmental Health Department at 319-334-2873 for the following:
1. List of Certified Well Contractors in the area;
2. Instructions on how to properly shock chlorinate your well;
3. Free Water Sample to assure your water is drinkable.
For more detailed information concerning flooded wells please visit the following link:
Emergency Management again highly discourages sightseeing to avoid congestion in areas where residents are trying to clean-up and to travel gravel roads in the county cautiously due to wash-outs. Avoid areas marked by barricade or flag. If you note an unmarked area please report to the Buchanan County Roads Department at 319-334-6031 and ideally mark to warn others.
Refer to Buchanan County Emergency Management website at www.buchananem.com for updates.