Be informed about what you should and shouldn’t do as you start to take care of your property. You want to take care of things in a way that doesn’t potentially make a situation worse.
Some things you should know upfront
- Assume water is unsafe. Assume there is live electricity all around the water. Assume there are chemicals and sewage in the water. Be safe.
- Talk to your insurance agent to learn what they will need. They will most likely want lots of pictures of your items and damage before and after clean-up and will schedule an adjuster to visit your property.
- If there is potential to receive FEMA funding, an inspector will visually need to see a waterline. This means that you don’t want to remove all evidence of the flood. (Ex. Removing all the drywall that shows the waterline).
- “Draining the water too fast could cause the collapse of the cellar walls, floors, and foundation of the house. The water must be drained slowly to equalize pressure on both sides of the wall. Although the flood has receded, water still in the ground outside your house may be pushing hard against the outside of your basement walls. The water in your basement is pushing back. If you drain your basement faster than the water in the ground is draining, the outside pressure will be greater than the inside pressure and may cause the foundation, basement walls or floor to crack or rupture. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) recommend the following procedures be followed when pumping a basement to avoid serious damage, collapse, or injury:
- Begin pumping when floodwaters are no longer covering the ground outside.
- Pump out one foot of water. Mark the water level and wait overnight.
- Check the water level the next day. If the level went back up (covered your mark) it is still too early to drain your basement.
- Wait 24 hours and then pump the water down one foot again. Check the level the next day.
- When the water in the basement stops returning to your mark, pump out two to three feet and wait overnight.
- Repeat daily until all the water is out of the basement.” (Be Careful When Pumping Out Your Basement, FEMA)
** This is not a complete list. It is an attempt to highlight some key items. We will keep updating this list.
For homeowner, business or non-profit organization that has sustained any damage or loss as a result of the flood, please complete a report at https://arcg.is/1H00aG.
The Midland Damage Assessment app was developed for people to self-report damage to their property. The app has several questions to help the Midland Damage Assessment team determine the extent of damage in our community.
Once you click the link, you will be directed to a map. Enter the address and search for the damaged property. The app will zoom to the property if it is found and a pop-up box will appear. Link to the online form to report flood damage. It should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete and submit the information.
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or if you are not in the area, 989-835-2211 and they will assist you in completing the form.