How do I dry the walls of my house after flooding?
Open the wall to the level of flooding. Use a circular saw to cut sheetrock walls in a straight line, being careful not to cut into electrical wiring. If walls are paneled, remove the baseboard and pry loose the paneling. Prop paneling away from the wall, remove the insulation, and let it dry. After removing wet insulation, wash walls with disinfectant. Spray wall cavities with one cup household bleach to a gallon of water. Allow walls to stay open 4 to 6 weeks to allow thorough drying before putting in new insulation and covering.
A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of Kim Hancock’s routine jobs is assisting 4-H’ers in Jones County with their livestock projects. On Easter Sunday, she was helping some of those same young people and their families sort through the rubble of what was once their homes.
Thirty-two counties in Mississippi reported damage from a tornado outbreak April 12 that resulted in 12 fatalities, many injuries and catastrophic destruction to residential, commercial and agricultural property.
Tornadoes and damaging storms that swept through the state Easter Sunday afternoon and evening, killing 11 Mississippians also caused devastating losses to growers in the poultry industry.
A post-flood recovery meeting on Oct. 22 will help tie up some loose ends with information on agronomic and financial considerations for land that was flooded this year.
South Mississippi Delta residents are in recovery mode after returning to homes that have been under water for nearly six months, but they need materials and assistance as they try to resume their normal lives.