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Posted on: September 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Residents Encouraged to Stay Safe After Floods

Flood Cleanup

The remnants of Ida brought approximately 7.5 inches of rain to Norwalk. This historically significant event meant water covered roadways, stranded vehicles, power outages, and flooded basements. The City offers the following after flood tips, courtesy of the American Red Cross:

 

  • Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris. 
  • People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.
  • Be aware that snakes and other animals may be in your house.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

 

Residents are reminded to “turn around-don’t drown” and to never drive through water covered roadways. Members of the public can continue to report issues to Norwalk Customer Service at (203) 854-3200 or customerservice@norwalkct.org. Non-emergency issues can also be submitted through the City’s Click and Request App – available on Apple and Android devices.

 

Members of the public may also submit reports of damage through the City of Norwalk Crisis Track Portal at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/norwalkCT/request.html. Please note, there is no guarantee of any local, state, or federal assistance. The City is being proactive in collecting this information and photos in the event of any potential assistance. 

 

For more information on how to respond after a flood, visit ready.gov.

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