Cinnaminson, NJ, June 24th, 2011 -- Water levels rising at up to 11 inches an hour on Friday have caused the Souris River in North Dakota to exceed historic flood levels. Flood waters have already reached some rooftops and as many as 4,400 homes and 200 businesses may be flooded. Peak water levels are expected between Saturday and Sunday.
Thousands of families have been evacuated and must now wait until the flood waters recede. Unfortunately for many of these people, when they are finally allowed to return they will come home to houses and businesses soaked by the waters.
When flood waters enter a property, or heavy rains leak through roofs and other structural elements of a home or business, it quickly soaks the building materials. These flooded properties not only have to deal with water damage issues and possible structural concerns, but also environmental concerns since flood waters may contain sewage, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants.
In addition, in as short as 24 to 48 hours these soaked materials can begin to grow mold. This mold growth can quickly spread making many porous household belongings and building materials a complete loss.
“A number of people have turned to a recent public outreach video that was produced in March and cosponsored by EMSL Analytical,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The informative video, After the Flood: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems, provides tips and suggestions for things people can do as they begin to rebuild to minimize and prevent future problems from microbial and chemical contaminants caused by the North Dakota flooding,” he continued.
To view the public outreach video cosponsored by EMSL please visit:
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