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Tips for Mississippians affected by Pearl River flooding

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Although the crest of the Pearl River at Jackson fell six inches short of falling within the major flooding category, buildings and roads in both downtown and northeast Jackson are expected to be heavily impacted.

Here are some tips on what to do after a flood:

  • First and foremost, don’t re-enter your home or visit a disaster area until officials say it’s safe to do so.
  • Use extreme caution. Avoid walking through water as it can be deeper than expected or contain debris, bacteria, or animals.
  • Pay attention to road closed and cautionary signs. They’re put in place for a reason.
  • For those with flooded homes, do not use any appliances, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried, and inspected by a qualified electrician.
  • Don’t drink water out of the sink from a flooded home. Have it tested as it could be contaminated. (For those who live in Jackson, a boil water notice was already in effect prior to the flood).
  • Remove flood water from your home slowly. It needs to be drained in stages because if the ground is still saturated and water is removed too quickly, the walls or the floor could buckle. Pumps or pails are good when removing standing water. A wet/dry shop vacuum can then be used to mop up the rest.
  • If you have flood insurance, take photos and videos of the damage, including structural and personal property damage on the inside and outside of your home, before discarding items. Remember to take photos of the insides of closets and cabinets. Your adjuster will need evidence of the damage to prepare your claim.
  • If possible, provide receipts to your adjuster to document damaged property for your flood claim.
  • Keep samples of carpeting, wallpaper, furniture upholstery, window treatments, and other items for your adjuster. The type and quality of the material may impact the amount of your claim.
  • If the building’s electrical, water, or HVAC systems are damaged you should initiate repairs. Consult your insurance adjuster or insurance company before you sign any cleaning, remediation, or maintenance agreement.
  • Report damage to your local officials and MEMA by using the “Self-Report Tool”.

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