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If your home is flooded:

The physical devastation that follows flood is huge.  As floodwaters recede, there may be even more hazards to your health.  Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories and storage buildings.  Many flooded items, such as wallboard, carpets and mattresses, will hold mud and contamination forever.

You can help reduce the possibility of health problems:

  • Clean walls, floors and other household surfaces with soap, water and a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water.

  • Disinfect surfaces that come in contact with food, such as counter tops, pantry shelves and refrigerators.

  • Clean areas where small children play.

  • Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during cleanup if there's been a backflow of sewage in your house.

  • Remove and discard contaminated household materials that can't be disinfected, such as wall coverings, cloth, rugs and drywall.










Disaster recovery experts recommend taking the following steps when you rebuild or repair your home:

  • Be sure you have flood insurance.  Standard homeowner's policies don't cover flood damage.

  • Contact your local building permit office before you begin repairs.

  • Follow local building codes and ordinances.  The Township of West Milford Building Department can be reached dialing 973-728-2780 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Elevate existing residences above flood elevation.

  • Raise electrical outlets, switches, light sockets, the main breaker or fuse box, utility meters, baseboard heaters and wiring at least 12 inches above potential flood levels.

  • Connect all receptacles to a ground fault interrupter circuit to avoid shock or electrocution.  A licensed electrician should do all electrical work.

  • Raise washers and dryers on masonry or pressure-treated lumber at least 12 inches above projected flood levels.

  • Relocate or elevate hot water heaters.

  • Suspend furnaces that operate horizontally from ceiling joists if the joists are strong enough to hold the weight.  Install a draft down furnace in the attic, if local codes allow.

  • Install flood shields for doors and other openings (after evaluating whether the building can handle the forces) to prevent floodwater entering.

  • Install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering your home through drains, toilets and other sewer connections.

  • Rebuild with materials less likely to be damaged by water, such as tile rather than carpeting.

  • Anchor fuel tanks with metal straps and fasteners to prevent them from overturning or floating away.

  • Secure shelves and water heaters to nearby walls.

  • Store important documents and irreplaceable personal objects (such as photographs) where they won't get damaged.

Last modified: December 13, 2003



Best Assurance?

Flood Insurance!

Home owners insurance does not cover flood damage.  Federal flood insurance purchased through your insurance agent or company, is the only guaranteed flood insurance coverage available for your home.  Floods can occur anywhere.  Our Township is a lake community with many dams.  An area that is near a levee or a dam is at risk of levee or dam breakage.  People who face even moderate flood risks should get insurance.  

Flood Insurance backed by the Federal Government is available to any home owner, renter or business owner whose property is in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.  The Township of West Milford participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Our Community Panel number is 340411.  Contact your Insurance Agent to obtain flood insurance or call the National Flood Insurance program at 1-800-638-6620.


West Milford is a lake community, with many man made dams.  The potential for dam failure and flood exists throughout our Township.  Click here for dam locations.


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