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It’s not over until your street and your carpet are dry.

The City of Virginia Beach circulated a list of tips Wednesday for people dealing with Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath, from muck and debris to wet carpeting.

For homeowners with flood damage, the city had this to say: check the flood policy in your insurance; take photographs of the damage; keep windows open and air conditioning on to help dry things out; remove wet carpeting and pads; clean floors, walls and cabinets with a blend of one-part bleach and four-parts water; make a list of damaged items for the insurance adjuster; and call repair people to clean, service and provide repair estimates for appliances and heating/cooling equipment that have been damaged.

Assistance from Crisis Cleanup is also available, the city said in a release. Volunteer organizations will help with muck-and-gut, yard debris and minor repairs, such as placing tarps on roofs. Call 757-385-3111 to be added to a list.

For people who want to help out with the recovery efforts, Operation Blessing is accepting volunteers Monday through Saturday, at 8 a.m., at CBN’s Corporate Support Building, 977 Centerville Turnpike. Reservations are not necessary, but volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from work locations. For more information, call 757-226-3407.

To donate food, call the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, 877-HUNGERX.






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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.