Recover from a Flood

Floods November 09, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Man sitting in flooded house.

Recovery can be thought of as actions taken to restore and rebuild impacted areas. Recovery is a difficult and lengthy process. Recovery is traditionally divided into short-term and long-term tasks and activities. Short-term recovery can include gutting homes, seeking temporary housing, and salvaging items. Long-term activities may include submitting claims to insurance companies, rebuilding, and return to permanent housing. 

Whether you live on a farm or in town, there are certain actions you should take to protect yourself and others when you return after a flood.

Short-Term Recovery

Long-Term Recovery

Hear About It

First Steps to Flood Recovery (the publication is available from Purdue University)

Play "Self.mp3"
Play "Family.mp3"
Play "Elderly.mp3"
Play "Wells.mp3"
Play "Home.mp3"
Play "Food.mp3"
Play "Keepsakes.mp3"
Play "Belongings.mp3"
Play "Appliances.mp3"

Video files

  • If your home was flooded is a series of four videos produced by Purdue Extension and based on the "First Steps to Flood Recovery" publication.
  • Moisture meters measure the moisture content of wood. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Engineer, demonstrates how to use a moisture meter. 7:58 minutes


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.