Post-Flooding Recovery Steps
While we're still expecting rain throughout the coming week, I did want to get some information out about recovering from this. I think one of the most painful parts of flooding experiences is that so quickly after waters rush through our streets and basements, the sun comes out. As with many traumatic experiences, it can be hard for those of us that aren't directly impacted to understand the depth of issues that our neighbors are having. Understand that we have neighbors in Sunset Village, Westmorland, Sunset Hills, Rocky Bluff and more that have severe flooding in their basements and homes, that have lost vehicles, lost pets in the flooding, and are still trying to salvage their homes from the waters. Visit your next door neighbors, and consider volunteering to help some of our less mobile residents. You can find more information on that below.
Repairing your home
- Re-entering your home should only be done after a building inspector has assessed the structural integrity of the building.
- Cleaning Mold should happen as soon as possible after flooding. Important note - things that have been wet for two days are growing mold, even if you can't see it.
- Test your private well water, and take steps to disinfect if necessary. All City of Madison wells are in good shape. Dane County is providing free well testing kits through September 6.
- Discard flood damaged items through the city's recycling program. The City is waiving all fees for collecting or dropping off large items through Friday, September 7.
- Septic Problems affected many neighbors, with sanitary wastewater backing up into basements and homes across the west side. Here are a few tips for handling sanitary sewer backups.
Replacing Lost Food
Residents who lost food due to damage or power outages and receive FoodShare benefits may replace their lost items up to the total monthly benefit. You have until September 19 to use these benefits.
- 2-1-1 is a central reporting database that allows to county to accurately report private property damage, connect residents to volunteer resources, and assess areas of high need. Please report your property damage to 2-1-1. You can call in, or fill out this form online.
- Damage to private businesses has also been extensive, and it's helpful for the city to have a full idea of the financial impact of this flood. If you are the owner or manager of a Madison area business impacted by the August 2018 floods, please fill out this survey.
- Local officials need your help in identifying public spaces that need repair after the flooding. Please report any damaged spaces such as bike paths, trees, power lines, roads, signage, sidewalks, etc.
- The American Red Cross Southwest Wisconsin chapter has hosted shelters throughout Dane County after the storms, and will certainly be available with volunteer opportunities. Consider signing up.
- The West Madison Senior Center has a year-round Home Chore program for seniors in the area. The flooding will be particularly hard to recover from for less-mobile seniors, so consider reaching out and volunteering to participate in the Home Chore Program.
That's all I have for you for now. Thanks to the many people who have spent the last few days checking in on neighbors and please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.