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Red Cross to provide bottled water, food during flood clean-up

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Red Cross emergency vehicles will be driving through flood affected areas on Friday, handing out bottled water, snacks, sandwiches and clean-up kits to people cleaning out their homes.

The ERV's visits will include Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Raymond, Washburn and Waterloo.

Clean-up kits are still available for pick-up from the American Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter on University Avenue in Waterloo. The kits will be available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each kit contains a mop, broom, gloves, trash bags, a bucket and liquid cleaner.

While people are cleaning up after a flood, the Red Cross has a few reminders on what to and what not to do:

- 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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