Having witnessed downtown Nashville under water, Percy Priest swollen to overflowing, and homes drowned, my heart aches. For those facing a cleanup ahead of you, know that momentum follows a start. I know I have been in a bit of a daze in viewing all of this, but taking one step forward is enough to get the gears moving.
Here is a list of tools and supplies that you may want walking into a recently flooded home.
1. Flashlight or Headlamp.
2. Gloves and cruddy clothes. You will get very wet.
3. Trashbags, trashcans, and boxes for the salvageable. Tape and paper or bubble wrap for the delicates.
4. Utility Knife to cut carpet into about 4 foot strips, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, hammer, hex keys, pliers, pry bars etc.
5. Wheelbarrow, or dolly for the many items filled with water. Mattresses that are wet weigh a ton.
6. Drywall saw, or my favorite if you have power somewhere a RotoZip Spiral Saw Kit. They do have some cordless versions as well.
7. Fresh water, Gatorade, and snacks for the needed calories.
8. Squeegee, shop-vac, fans, and dehumidifier for the water removal.
With these tools, most of the initial work can be done.
Mold can start growing in 48 hours. Leaving wet debris to just sit turns into a completely different kind of disaster. Wood and concrete has a way of drying out pretty quick, but everything else has to be removed. If you at least get it outside away from your home, that will be a huge step in the right direction. Act quickly and you will be rewarded. God speed.