Fact Sheet: Flooding prepared by University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources details pre & post-flood safety steps.
Flood Facts Sheets for family, home, pets, livestock, farm and more by Iowa State University.
FloodPrepareCA.com by CA Dept of Water Resources
Property damage in Governor-Declared Disaster Area by Sonoma County Assessors Office
Business Resource Recovery Guide by Sonoma County EDB
Food, Produce, Gardening
Gardening after a Flood: flooding also causes damage to gardens, learn what you can do to keep your food garden safe. UC publication.
Returning Home Post Flood
More information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Floodwater After a Disaster or Emergency
- Flood Waters or Standing Waters
- Infectious Disease After a Disaster
- Reentering your Flooded House
- Flood Clean Up: Protecting Indoor Air Quality(PDF)
Mold & Mildew
Be aware that mold may be present and may be a health risk for your family, if your home has water damage due to:
- Sewage back-up,
- Plumbing or roof leaks,
- Damp basements or crawl space,
- Overflows from sinks or bathtub, or
- High humidity: steam cooking, dryer vents, humidifiers.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website contains information on mold cleanup and remediation in homes, schools and other large commercial buildings.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website includes general background information about mold health hazards and mold safety recommendations.
Low Interest Rate Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters who suffered losses caused by the winter storms and flooding that began February 25, 2019.
The SBA has established a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Guerneville to assist the public with applications. SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet with each disaster survivor to answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help and provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for these loans.
Loans Available to Individuals and Families:
- Homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
- Renters: up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.
Loans Available to Businesses:
- Property Damage: up to $2,000,000 to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets that were damaged or destroyed (available to businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations).
- Economic Injury: only for small businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering adverse financial impacts of the disaster (with or without property loss), up to $2,000,000 for working capital to help pay obligations until normal operations resume.