Wheeling Island residents are now starting to clean up what mother nature left behind.
Residents are urged to be careful as they work to get things back to normal.
Flood clean up can be a heavy task, and many people want to get it done as soon as possible.
But you want to make sure you are cleaning things the proper way.
If not, it could effect your health.
Dr. Clark Milton of Wheeling Hospital said that there are some precautions that residents can take to stay safe.
“Well number one never play or swim in flood waters or standing waters for obvious reasons particularly infectious diseases,” said Wheeling Hospital, Director of Corporate Health, Dr. Milton. “So you must be cautious for exposure to said water.”
Dr. Milton said two infectious diseases you can get from flood waters are skin infections and diarrheal illnesses.
“The shots that are involved in the immunizations are an updated Tetanus,” said Dr. Milton. “If you haven’t had Tetanus within eight to ten years and have been exposed to flood waters you should have that boostered.”
He said to also be cautious of insects and other animals, and to thoroughly clean any items that have been exposed to flood waters.
Plus wash hands before eating.
“You don’t want to allow children to play with toys that have been exposed to flood waters,” said Dr. Milton. “Clean them with soap and water, remove the debris, and then with deluded bleach so that the children aren’t exposed.”
Trudy Gratz, a Wheeling Island Resident said she had about 4 feet of water in her basement and without the help of the Wheeling Water Pollution Control she wouldn’t be able to start the cleaning process.
She also said for people who have experienced flooding to remember you’ll get through it, and to make sure you clean everything.
“I will wear boots, and I will gloves and lots of Clorox and scrub, scrub, scrub, clean, clean, clean,” said Trudy Gratz. “That’s what you got to do.”
Dr. Milton also warns people to watch out for infectious diseases, chemical exposures, and physical hazards that can cause injury while cleaning up flooding.