Sept. 21, 2023 - Hurricane Isabel’s combined impacts of wind, rain, and storm surge resulted in widespread debris and flood damage. Post-storm clean up was difficult and time-consuming for many residents and resulted in a variety of health hazards including the potential for mold growth from flood waters.
The magnitude of natural debris (trees) and damaged household items requiring collection and disposal presented a significant challenge.
- Assess for possible life-threatening hazards such as fallen power lines and gas leaks. If uncertain, seek professional guidance.
- Wear protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, rubber boots, and masks to protect you from debris and airborne particles like mold and dust.
- Use caution or seek professional assistance when removing fallen trees, cleaning up debris, or using equipment such as chainsaws.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud and floodwater can contain sewage, bacteria and chemicals. For additional information on post-flood mold issues, visit Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters | Mold | CDC
- Discard saturated porous materials such as mattresses or upholstered items, especially those with visible fungal growth.
- People who are pregnant, have asthma or other lung conditions, or have a compromised immune system as well as children should not enter indoor areas with water leaks or mold growth that can be smelled. Children should not be involved in disaster clean-up work.
- Take photos of all damage and contact your insurance provider.
- For additional information on recovering from a disaster, visit Recovering from Disaster | Ready.gov