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Clean-up kits available for flood victims

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Several area organizations and cities are offering clean-up kits for those affected by the recent flooding.

The Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering clean up kits. You can pick them up from their office at 2530 University Avenue.  The office is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.  The kits include a mop, broom, gloves, trash bags, a pail, liquid cleaner or bleach.

Kits are also available at the Salvation Army at 89 Franklin between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Elk Run Heights residents can pick up kits at city hall.

Also, the American Red Cross has a series of preparedness tips that people should follow after a flood:
-- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
-- Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
-- Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
-- Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
-- If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
-- If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
-- Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
-- Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
-- During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
-- Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
-- Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

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