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How do I clean flood-soiled clothing?

Sort soiled clothes. Do not shake dirty clothes near clean laundry or surfaces. Cover surfaces with clean paper or other clean material when working with clean clothes.

Commercial dry-cleaning is effective in reducing harmful bacteria. Before taking clothes to the cleaners, allow garments to dry slowly at room temperature or outside. Do not hang near a stove or heater. Make sure it is dry before you take it to the cleaners. Shake and brush to remove as much soil as possible.

For washable clothing, wash as soon as possible. Rinse several times before washing . A cold-water soak with an enzyme product is helpful. Hot soapsuds may set rust-colored stains. After rinsing with cold water, wash in hottest water that is safe for the garment. Add a disinfectant to the wash water. To sanitize clothing, 2 tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach per washer load is needed. Brightly colored fabrics that fade when chlorine bleach is used at higher levels can generally be successfully sanitized with a lower level. Before putting away clean clothing, make sure you have disinfected the storage area.

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A pivot irrigation system stands in algae-covered water in a flooded field with farm buildings in the distance.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Disaster Response, Economic Development May 21, 2020

A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year.

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Filed Under: Disaster Response, Coronavirus, Forestry, Forestry Impacts April 16, 2020

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.

Metal roofs of poultry houses lie on the ground in rows amid twisted metal and debris.
Filed Under: Poultry, Disaster Response April 13, 2020

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.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Community, Disaster Response October 7, 2019

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.

Flood water covers a field except for an elevated dirt path leading to a house in the background.
Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response, Family, Healthy Homes Initiative September 16, 2019

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.

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