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Red Cross providing free cleanup kits

7:50 AM, Jul 3, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The agonizing clean up of the damaged homes is underway.

The Red Cross is giving away clean up kits in several location Tuesday.  You can pick one up at Evangel Temple in Jacksonville, the Clay County Fire Department in Middleburg and Baker County Emergency Management in Macclenny.

First for you, as you are cleaning up there are some health problems we want you to be aware of.  Mold is going to be a big issue in the coming weeks, so try to dry your home as thoroughly as possible.

If you smell a musty odor, it's possible you have a mold problem. If you already have mold growing, carefully try to remove it. If it is less than 10 square feet, in most cases you can use a detergent or commercial mildew cleaner.

As you are working around your house make sure to keep your clean up clothes and shoes separate from the clean areas of your home so you are not spreading bacteria into the areas you have already cleaned.

In Clay County, officials have an agreement with a contracted debris-removal company in place, but they will only be coming around to the flood affected areas.

The collection is looking to start on July 6th, but residents are being urged to have their debris out on the curb as soon as possible to help contractors pick up as much debris as possible.

Clay County emergency officials do have some specific instructions on setting out your debris:

  • Storm related debris should not be in a container or bagged, it should be at least 10 feet from the cans of household garbage.
  • Separate it into construction-type debris, wood or vegetative debris and appliances.
  • They will NOT pick up chemicals, pesticides, tires or paint cans. Those need to be taken to Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management.

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