VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - We've all seen the pictures of flooding around the Wabash Valley. You can see streets, homes, and vehicles all underwater.
Unfortunately, the problems don't stop when the rising water does.
Ask Joseph Hisel about flooding and you'll hear story after story. After all, he's had quite the experience.
''So far out of 15 years, I've flooded every year at least once," said Hisel, "except last year when we had the big drought.''
Unfortunately, this year is no different.
'It's up right at the doorknob now, and that's eight, nine, ten feet from where the normal water level is.''
While everyone sees the high water in the streets and the cellars, another side effect isn't so often seen, at least not with the eyes. That side effect is mold.
''You can see it sometimes, but most of the time you will smell it, generally, before you may find it," said Travella Myers, "and that's just that mildewy smell.''
Myers is the Vigo County Environmental Health Supervisor. She says you need to act quickly to get things clean up and dried up, because within 24 to 48 hours mold can become an issue.
Keeping mold around can cause problems like coughing, rashes, and irritation of the eyes and nose.
"If you have porous surfaces like ceiling tiles or carpet, if you don't get it dried up right away, you would want to remove those items.," said Myers.
The good news is not everything wet will be a total loss if you act fast. By using air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and fans, you can get things dry quickly. If there is growth on hard objects, it can be cleaned off.
"You scrub it with detergent and water, let that dry out, and then that should prevent any more mold growth.''
It will also prevent this short-term problem, from turning into a long-term one.
If you think you do have mold growing in your home, you can call the health department at 812-462-3428 for more information on how to deal with it.
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