COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management is putting together preliminary damage assessments for flood losses that occurred last weekend. The assessments are for public and individual assistance, according to a City of Columbia news release.
Those with personal property or business losses not covered by insurance should contact the city's Office of Emergency Management at 874-7400 to be included in the county-wide damage assessments, the release said. You may also contact United Way 211 for processing information and referrals.
To receive cleanup supplies for residences and businesses that have flooded, contact Major Matthews with the Salvation Army at 442-3229.
The health department has offered several recommendations for how to stay safe as flood cleanup commences:
• Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. To kill off the extra pests, drain any outdoor sources of standing water - flower pots, clogged rain gutters, swimming pools, trash cans, pet food dishes and any other container that could collect water. Don't forget to check places that are typically overlooked, such as under bushes or under your house.
• Always wash hands with soap and boiled or disinfected water after flood cleanup. Flood water can contain industrial and agricultural byproducts or material from overflowed sewage systems. Be especially careful if you have open wounds or sores.
• Don't let kids play in flood water.
• Stay up-to-date with tetanus vaccinations prior to cleaning up. During cleanup the risk of wounds can increase, though people with simple exposure to flood waters are not at a high risk for tetanus.