Cleanup begins in flooded areas
Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith has some recommendations for residents who are cleaning up flood-damaged items.
“Definitely, they want to have rubber boots on,” Smith said. “No flip-flops because that won’t protect your feet. Heavy gloves should be worn to protect your hands from being punctured, and they’ll need to have an up-to-date tetanus shot.”
He also recommends a facemask for anyone who is handling flooded materials that might have mold beginning to grow in the items.
Flood cleanup kits are also still available for residents to use, Smith said. He dropped some off at the City of Kalona and the City of Riverside last week, and he has some available.
Smith said residents should be prepared for the rivers to go back up if the area receives more rain this week as predicted in the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service.
“The English River will probably spike back up as well as the smaller tributaries,” he said.
The Iowa River will remain above flood stage until the outflow from the Coralville Reservoir gets back to normal, Smith said. The good news is that the level Iowa at Lone Tree hasn’t increased but is stable.