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Plugging Home Drains to Prevent Sewage Backup - AE1476

For homes in areas of the country prone to flooding or heavy rain, taking a few steps to prepare for water levels that could result in sewage backing up into a home makes sense.

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Dry Out Before Rebuilding - DE1583

Wood submerged in water will absorb a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings.

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Preparing Flood-damaged Homes for Winter - AE1594

If you do not plan to rebuild your flood-damaged home until next year, follow the advice in this publication as you prepare for winter.

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Flood Recovery: Dealing with Continuing Basement Seepage - DE1570

A water table above the basement floor causes water to continually seek ways to enter the basement. This publication touches on what happens when that occurs and what can be done to prevent it from happening.

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Preparing a Home That Will Be Flooded - DE1569

This is a step by step guide to prepare a home for a flood.

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Remove Mold For a Healthy Home - AE1202

Exposure to mold can cause cold-like symptoms, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and skin irritations, and can easily be breathed deeply into the lungs, it is not safe to live in houses wit high mold. This publication tells the health effects, where to look for mold, mold removal and preventing mold growth.

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Sandbagging for Flood Protection - AE626

A sandbag dike must be built properly to prevent or reduce flood damage.

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Stacking Sandbags - DE1523

This circular shows the proper stacking for a sandbag dike.

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Molds in Your Home - AE1179

Exposure to mold is common both inside and outside the home, but some people are more sensitive to mold than others, especially those with allergies and asthma. Mold exposure may cause cold-like symptoms, watery eyes, sore throat, wheezing and trigger asthma attacks.

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Steps to Reduce Flood and Water Damage - DE1567

Many things can be done before the snow melts or before a heavy rainstorm to reduce damage to home and property. This checklist can help you prepare to reduce the severity of water or a flood on your home and family.

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Filling Sandbags - DE1524

The proper way to fill sandbags is shown in this publication.

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Successful Disaster Recovery Using the Community Capitals Framework (DE1864)

The community capitals framework can be a powerful tool to help communities successfully recovery from disasters. After experiencing a disaster, a community can review its pre- and post-disaster capitals or utilize the community capitals framework in the recover process.

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Flood Recovery Checklists for Farmsteads (DE1562)

This publication is for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

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Families and Flood Evacuation: Items to Take for Children Evacuating DE1568 (Revised)

Natural disasters such as floods are stressful events for families. Evacuating their home is obviously stressful for children. Plan ahead by packing a disaster supplies kit for each of your children to grab if your family has to evacuate due to flood conditions or other reasons.

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Strategies for Managing Drought in the Northern Plains (R1819)

The purpose of this drought response plant is 1) to describe the drought indicators and response triggers that will be used to determine if drought response actions are needed and 2) to provide land owners and managers a range of management options that will allow for a flexible and rapid response to drought.

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Helping Flooded Trees and Shrubs - H1592

In North Dakota, some trees and shrubs have died and others are declining because of flood-related problems. However, you can help trees and shrubs recover. This publication gives you information to help trees and shrubs.

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Sump Pump Questions

Sump Pump Questions - AE1573

For many homeowners the first line of defense against water in the basement is a sump with a pump in it. The sump may be connected to drain tile that drains the footings of the house, under the entire basement, or just the area where the sump is located. Many houses have tiling installed only around a portion of the house. The water that drains into the sump must be removed, and this is accomplished with a sump pump.

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Handling Food Through Floods

Handling Food Through Floods - FN1549

Flood water may carry silt, raw sewage, oil or chemical waste. If foods have been in contact with flood waters, use this information to determine their safety.

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Green Infrastructure in Communities

Flood Recovery Guide for Green Infrastructure in Communities - F1696

The historic floods of 2011 caused millions of dollars in damage and imposed great hardship on those affected. Low-lying areas along the Missouri and Souris rivers sustained unprecedented damage. The floods negatively impacted the trees and forests in these areas as well. Although the challenges posed by natural disasters can be quite variable, some common components must be accounted for in green infrastructure when such events occur. These include ensuring public safety; assessing damage; removing, disposing of and using wood waste; interagency coordination; and replanting efforts.

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Keep You Home Healthy

Keep Your Home Healthy - AE1204

Topics covered are related to maintaining indoor air quality with a primary focus on moisture related issues. topics include ventilation, mold, moisture control, drainage including drain tile, crawl spaces, pollutants and air filters.

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