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The LSU AgCenter has an array of information to help people in their recovery from the multiple problems caused by a hurricane. These problems include the danger of disease from insects, other pests and flood waters as well as illness from contamination by flood waters. Please heed the following advice. Much more information is available at this Web site and at parish extension offices.

Preventing Mildew and Decay After the Storm
What to do to prevent problems with mildew and decay after storm waters receed..

Contracting for Repairs and Rebuilding
Outside contractors and companies will enter the area to offer their services. Some are honest and will do an adequate job, but be careful in working with outside contractors.

After the Flood - Private Water Well Safety
After a flood, you’ll be anxious to use your normal water supply – your private well. But, when floodwater covers your well, or neighboring wells, there’s a possibility the water in your well will become contaminated.

Financial Assistance for Recovering from Disaster
Following a Presidential Declaration, disaster assistance is made available to help residents and local governments in the declared parishes recover from the effects of the disaster.

Determining Structural Damage and Preparing for Repairs After a Storm
When calm returns after the storm, it’s time to assess the damage and begin repairs. A number of factors should be considered, and the following information may be helpful.
Making Preliminary Repairs
Preliminary repairs are meant to keep damage from getting worse. Any temporary structural repairs that can be made will require some creativity since there’s likely to be a shortage of materials.
Debris Disposal
Proper cleanup and disposal will prevent future health and injury risks and may save time and money. Debris removal will reduce the potential for nesting by rodents, snakes and insects, or at least keep those infestations in a concentrated area away from the home.
Recovery & Assistance
This is a guide for flood and hurricane recovery information, including financial assistance.
Safety at the Flood Site
Even when the disaster has passed, major health and safety hazards remain. Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, so it's wise to be overly cautious.
Caring for Large Electrical Appliances Made Wet During a Disaster
Appliances made wet by floodwaters or by rainwater after roofs were damaged will need extreme care before reuse. This care will be important to protecting the life of the appliance and your safety.
Using an Electrical Generator for Emergency Power
Provides information and tips for using a generator for emergency power.
Rodents after the Storm or Flood
Structures damaged by the storm are particularly attractive and provide easy access for rodents. The unwelcome pests can damage property and, in extreme cases, pose a potential health problem.
Snakes after a Storm or Flood
Many snakes, like other residents in the path of a major storm, have been displaced and left homeless. As a result, it is commonplace to find these animals seeking shelter and food in areas close to people.
Build Safer, Stronger, Smarter
Storm Recovery Guide
Cleaning Up Flood-Damaged Homes