Many insurance policies will cover the cost of professional cleanup if you cannot move a big mess yourself. Check your policy. If you must do it yourself, take "before" photos or videotapes.
Pump or bail water out of the house as soon as safely possible. Shovel mud out before it can dry. Open the windows to let the house air out and give the walls and floors a chance to dry. Scrub floors and walls with a stiff brush and mild soap.
These appliances should be sanitized if they have been immersed in flood water.
Do not immerse flood-soiled clothing in hot, soapy water. If flood waters carried red or yellow clay, the hot soapsuds will set rust-colored stains. Here are the procedures for cleaning flood-soaked clothing.
It may be impossible to salvage water-soaked furniture. If a piece seems to be worth the effort, you'll have to clean and oil the springs, replace the stuffing and clean the frame.
Books and papers
Rugs and carpets
After a hurricane, your swimming pool may be a haven for mosquitoes and a repository for debris. Here's how to remedy those problems: