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Be careful returning to flood-damaged homes, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urges Missourians to take extra precautions when returning to flood-damaged homes, apartments or businesses during clean-up efforts. The dangers are not over after the water goes down.
“Please be careful as you return to your homes as gas pipes, power lines and structural damage can cause life-threatening injuries and fall risks,” DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said.
Flood hazards such as a weakened foundation, exposed wires or contaminated floodwater are not always obvious and can be life-threatening.Always follow instructions of emergency personnel as to when it is safe to return. Following the tips below will help ensure safety after the storm.
For more information regarding flood recovery, go to http://health.mo.gov/living/environment/floodrecovery/index.php.