Flood Hazards and Recovery

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Wisconsin Flood Toolkit

Every year, areas of Wisconsin are routinely flooded. If you live or work in an area likely to flood, take some simple steps to protect yourself and your property. Wisconsin Flood Toolkit P-00631 provides general information and guidance on flood events for health professionals and the public.


Do NOT swim or bathe in rivers, streams, creeks, or lakes in flooded areas.

Flood waters may contain sewage, fertilizer, gasoline, pesticides, hazardous materials, and large chunk of debris such as fallen tree limbs, boulders, metal objects, sharp objects like fence posts and nails, etc.

Keep yourself and your family healthy by making sure clean and safe drinking water is on hand at all times.

Private well users should take precautions if your well has been flooded. Contact your local health department for more information.

Take proper safety measures when cleaning your home after a flood.

A home that is flooded may be unsafe upon re-entry. Assess for potential hazards before entering. Use caution when cleaning your home with bleach.


Recovering Safely from a Flood: Stay Healthy and Safe.

Watch this video on How to protect your health and stay safe when recovering from a flood. (Video) It covers important topics such as re-entering your home, dealing with mold, food safety, and cleanup.

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Wisconsin DNR Resources

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides guidance on how to cope with a flooded well. Private well owners whose well has been submerged by flood waters should:


For more information on cleaning your home after a flood, using bleach, and potential hazards related to flooding, see the side bar.

Last Revised: January 30, 2019