FLOODING LATEST: Advice published

134934e'The big clear up begins on the Foreshore after the one of the highest tides in 60 years'Picture by Neil Silk'06/12/13
134934e'The big clear up begins on the Foreshore after the one of the highest tides in 60 years'Picture by Neil Silk'06/12/13
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Scarborough Council has published some tips and advice on what to do if your property was caught up in the flooding.

The advice is published in full below:

If you have been affected by flooding, here’s some useful advice on the do’s and don’ts in respect of clearing up.

Take care. There may be dangers in the water such as sharp objects and raised manhole covers. Flood water may have caused structural damage to buildings

Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste. Always wear waterproof outerwear, including gloves, wellington boots and a face mask.

If your electricity supply is not already switched off at the mains, get a qualified person to do this. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water

If you have gas or oil central heating and it has been checked by an engineer, turn it on. Keep the thermostat between 20-22 degrees centigrade for steady drying

You can get water out of your property using a pump and generator. Position the generator outside in the open air as generators produce carbon monoxide fumes which can kill

Only pump out water when flood levels outside your property start to be lower than inside. This reduces the risk of structural damage

Shovel mud away evenly from both sides of a wall. This stops pressure building up on one side

You can clean and disinfect your property using ordinary household products

A garden hose is useful for washing down. Do not use high-pressure hoses as they blast contaminated matter into the air

If you are drying your property naturally, keep doors and windows open as much as possible. If using dehumidifiers, close external doors and windows

Remember – Food can be contaminated by flood water

It’s important to follow good food hygiene to stop harmful germs that might be present in flood water spreading to food. Here are some general tips on keeping food safe:

Don’t eat any food that has been touched or covered by floodwater or sewage.

Always wash your hands before preparing food.

Clean and disinfect work surfaces, plates, pans, cutlery, chopping boards etc. before using them with food. If you have a working dishwasher, this is a more efficient way to clean and sanitise smaller items. Or use a suitable disinfectant.

Clean and disinfect the inside of your fridge and food cupboards, if they have been touched by floodwater.

Don’t use work surfaces, plates etc. if they are badly chipped or damaged.

If tap water may be contaminated, boil and cool it before using it to wash food that won’t be cooked, such as fruit or salad.

If your power has been cut off and your fridge has not been working for a few hours, throw away the food inside. If your freezer has not been working, throw away any meat, fish or dairy products, or foods containing these, if they have started to get soft. Also throw away any food that you would eat frozen, for example ice cream.

Store opened food in a container with a lid

If you require any further advice or assistance please contact the council on 01723 232323.