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Hazardous materials and flooding do not mix

Posted on 3/20/2009

March 20, 2009701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - Most homes and businesses use and store hazardous products. Residents and businesses in the Red River Valley should take steps now to minimize damage to their property by flood-caused releases of hazardous products.

"Most of us have hazardous materials in our home of one type or another," said Greg Wilz, Deputy Director of the ND Department of Emergency Services. "To get ready for potential flooding, people should identify those products now and move them to a safe area."

Before the flood, properly dispose of hazardous products, such as used motor oil, solvents and paint that you are unlikely to use in the future. Contact your landfill for information on household hazardous waste disposal in your community.

"The easiest thing for people to do is to move containers of hazardous products which are still being used to areas that will not be impacted by flooding like upper floors of buildings or high shelves," Wilz said. "If that is not possible, place them in water-tight containers and secure them."

Some homes are heated with fuel oil. In past floods, fuel oil leaking from tanks has damaged homes. Contact the tank manufacturer or your fuel oil delivery company for advice on how to minimize damage from fuel oil.

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