Cayuga County health officials offer flood cleanup tips; state DEC assisting on ground

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a list of recommendations to help residents whose households were impacted by Saturday’s heavy rain and flooding.

Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor advises homeowners of the following when cleaning after a flood:

• Wear protective clothing including rubber boots and gloves.

• When doing work that could create dust or flying debris, wear eye protection and a dust mask.

• Remove wet materials. Discard items soaked by floodwaters that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours.

• Thoroughly wash walls, floors, closets, shelves, and nonporous house contents impacted by the floodwaters with household cleaners or soap and water. Disinfect with a solution of one cup bleach to five gallons water. (Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants together. Check labels for warnings.)

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