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What you should do if you experience flooding

Posted: 11:59 AM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 16:59:03Z

Green Bay got a lot of rain during Monday night’s storms which has caused major street flooding, water rescues and multiple home evacuations.

Due to these events, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department wants you to take these precautions if you are in the affected areas:

  • If water is touching the electrical box and/or furnace, please call 911. Stay out of wet areas.
  • If you have been evacuated from your home:
    • If absolutely needed, homeowners may enter their homes during daylight hours for a short time for medication and clothes. Do not stay inside the home for an extended period of time and do not stay overnight.
    • If you rent or live in an apartment building, you must contact the building owner to get access to medication and clothes.
    • If you are need of assistance, call your insurance company. For further assistance call the building owner and/or the Red Cross.
  • If you have water in your basement:
    • Call a water restoration company.
    • Call your insurance company.
    • There might be some sewage in the water so use good hygiene if you touch the water.
    • Leave wet/damaged items in the basement until the event is over and water subsides.
  • Vehicles:
    • If your vehicle is or has been in flooded waters, DO NOT start the vehicle. Attempting to start your vehicle could cause further damage.
    • Call your insurance company.
    • Have vehicle towed to an auto repair shop.
  • For a power outage in your home:
    • If power has been out for longer than 2 hours, avoid eating food from the fridge.
    • If you have a freezer that is half full; it will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours.
      • Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
      • Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook/eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. *Info above from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please remember to avoid contact with the flood waters due to possible sewage contamination.