Nebraska Extension Cares - Assisting Nebraskans through Tough Times
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- Moisture Meters Available
As part of ongoing efforts to support those affected by recent flooding, Nebraska Extension Boyd County Office has 3 moisture meters available for homeowners and businesses to borrow to monitor the moisture content of flooded materials. There is also a meter in the Lynch Community Hall to borrow.
Homeowners wanting to borrow a meter are encouraged to stop in at the Extension office (Boyd County Courthouse, upstairs on the south end of hall) or at the Lynch Community Hall.
Instructions for using the meter will be provided upon checkout.
“It’s important to wait until wood and other materials dry out before attempting to repair a flood-damaged home,” said Dave Varner, associate dean with Nebraska Extension. “Renovating too soon could trap moisture, leading to rotting and promoting the growth of mold.”
Moisture Meter Information
For further information on using this meter view the following YouTube videos:
- Flooded Home: Entering Home for the First Time - NDSU Video
- Equipment for Entering and Cleaning Flood Damaged Property - UNL flood.unl.edu web page
- Entering and Cleaning Up Flooded Homes - UNL NebGuide G2108 - 4 pgs
- Be Careful in Your Home - HHS - 1 pg flyer
- First Steps to Flood Recovery - Purdue University - 16 pgs
- Dealing with Continuing Basement Seepage - NDSU - 1 pg Flyer
- Dry Before Restoring Flood-damaged Buildings - NDSU Web Page
- Dry Out Before Rebuilding - NDSU - 1 pg flyer
- Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems - EPA Fact Sheet - 2 pgs
- Repairing Your Flood Home - Red Cross - 56 pgs
- Hiring a Mold Remediation Contractor - Cornell Univeristy - 4 pgs
- Mold Control and Clean Up Basics - Cornell Cooperative Extension - 2 pgs
- Mold Removal Guidelines for your Flooded Home - LSU Ag Center Research & Extension - 2pgs
- Planning and Recovering from a Disaster - NDHHS - 24 pgs
- Flood Insurance Claims Handbook - FEMA 16 pgs
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Textiles After the Flood - NDSU Web Page
- Flooded Home: Drying Out - NDSU Video
As people re-enter flooded homes, it is imperative that they get all wet contents out of the house and remove wallboard to expose wet wood. To avoid mold, this wood should dry to 13% moisture prior to rebuilding the wall (this may take a month or more).
- North Dakota State University Flood Information Web Page (This site has a lot of information - Before the Flood, During the Flood and After the Flood)
- Resources for Your Flooded Home - University of Missouri Extension - 24 pgs
- Planning Ahead: Plugging Household Drains - NDSU Extension - Video
- Center for Disease Control - Clean Up Safely After a Disaster - In English - In Spanish
- Nebraska Energy Office - 1% loans available for flooded houses - Emergency Dollar and Energy Saving Loans - Program Ends - August 1, 2019
- Photo Restoration Information - more information at http://www.operationphotorescue.org/
Operation Photo Rescue will be coming to help with saving your memories that have been submerged! You will need to follow the linked instructions in order to insure the best success. In addition, there is something called Photo Flo that an help with saving them as well.
Once you have dried and saved your images (This is critical, it is one of the first things you must tackle is getting these pieces of paper dry before they mold.) It may be that non affected volunteers from our communities will help get these dry while you worry about the rest of your home... They will start coming to our flood region in 2-3 months. Follow Operation Photo Rescue on Facebook to know when they will be coming. Currently they will be basing out of Ashland Nebraska.Landscapes - Trees, Turf, and Gardens
At this point, the flood water will have to recede before the damage can viewed and respond. Time duration of the flood water, current and temperature will all have an impact regarding damage. These levels will probably vary quite a bit across the impacted areas. The lack of oxygen from the flood water can really impact the survivability of herbaceous landscape plants that die down after frost, and return in the spring. Trees and shrubs can also be impacted, but the true level of damage may not be realized immediately after the water has receded. It would not be surprising to see delayed damage later on in the year.
For now, homeowners will be in “wait and see” mode for the flood water to recede and the damage to present itself. Of course, this can be very frustrating to homeowners since many want to do “something” right away.
- Flood Information on Weather-Ready Landscapes - Nebraska Extension - 2 pgs
- For more information, visit weather-ready.unl.edu/landscapes - Nebraska Extension Web Page
- Floods and Trees: Helping Your Tree Recover - Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension - Acreage Life - Nebraska Web Page
- Flooding From a Tree's Perspective - John Fech, Nebraska Extension - GRO Big Red Web Page
- Hiring an Arborist - Nebraska Forest Service Web Page
- Managing Storm and Disaster Damage in Landscapes & Nurseries - North Carolina State University Extension. Helps professional garden center and nursery staff evaluate the effects of flood damage to nursery stock.
- Recovering a Flooded Landscape, NDSU eXtension Web Page
- Recovery After Historic Flood - Dr. Roch Gaussion, University of Nebraska - Lincoln - 3 pgs
What golf course or athletic field managers and homeowners should expect after flood waters recede and what to do to next.
- Caring for Flooded Lawns - University of Missouri Extension Web Page
Evaluation of damage and management of turfgrass effected by flooding.
Fruits, Vegetables and Food Safety
- Flooded Vegetable Garden Sites and Food Safety Considerations - Nebraska Extension. The garden season may not have started yet in the heartland, but as the waters recede and clean-up efforts continue, there’s one area of concern that many may not have thought of: the safety of garden produce from flooded areas.
- Guidelines For Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment - National Electrical Manufacturers Association - 8 pgs
- Clean Flooded Farm Vehicles Quickly - Tractors, Trucks and other Farm Equipment - NDSU Web Page