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Red Cross clean up kits available in Wellman

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WELLMAN (KWWL) – The American Red Cross Grant Wood Area Chapter is offering free clean up kits for residents affected by Tuesday's flash flooding in Wellman. The kits will be available at the Wellman City Hall, 316 8th Ave.

Clean up kits contain a mop, broom, gloves, trash bags, a pail, as well as liquid cleaner or bleach.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safe:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.
  • 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.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • 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.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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