News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 8, 2013

Stay safe during flooding with tips

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods can develop over the course of a few weeks or happen quickly.

If a well head was completely covered by the recent flood, the water must be shocked to disinfect it, then the water must be tested.

For testing bottles, contact the Environmental Certification labs, 11422 N. U.S. 41, Farmersburg, at 812-696-5076, or visit and print a form for the Indiana State Department of Health water bottles.

During the flood:

• Get to higher ground if possible.

• Evacuate your house if flooding is possible. Know your town and make sure you know your alternate escape routes.

• Take pets with you but know that many shelters do not take pets, for sanitary reasons.

• Do not try to drive through water. As little as two feet can cause cars to float.

After a flood:

• If injured, seek necessary medical care at the nearest hospital or clinic.

• Avoid disaster areas.

• Avoid entering any building before local officials have said it is safe to do so.

• Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.

• Wear sturdy shoes.

• Look for fire hazards.

• Take pictures of the damage, for insurance claims.

After returning home:

• Throw away food that has come into contact with flood waters. Some canned food may be salvageable.

• If water is of questionable purity, boil and add bleach, and distill drinking water before using.

• Pump out flooded basements gradually.

• Service damaged septic tanks, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.

• Make sure your TDAP vaccine is up-to-date. If you need the vaccine, call our health clinic to make an appointment at 812-462-3431. The vaccine is $50, cash only.