Heavy rains, tropical storms, and hurricanes have affected several locations around the United States this summer, and many more towns may be impacted over the next several weeks.
Howard County, Maryland, home to our office, was beset by heavy rains on Saturday, July 30, resulting in flash flood conditions and damage. Six inches of rain showered the town of Ellicott City, only a few miles away, over two hours. So much rain over a short period would be a struggle for any town to manage, but Ellicott City's historic district is nestled at the base of a steep valley with the Patapsco River at the bottom and the Tiber River running adjacent to Main Street. With no place for the rainwater to go but down, the Tiber overflowed, tearing up sidewalks and washing everything toward the Patapsco, which rose 14 feet that night. Several buildings were destroyed, and many others sustained damage. Many families and business owners must now determine what within their homes and businesses can be salvaged and what must be thrown away.
That's why NCHH is sharing Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Cleanup of Flooded Homes
. We created this helpful guide to assist families in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; the guide illustrates how to restore salvageable belongings. With the recent storms in Maryland and the possibility of more extreme weather to come, we encourage people to print, share, and forward this flood guide to anyone who may benefit.