Virginia Beach: Keep health in mind during flood cleanup

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Hurricane Matthew may be long gone, but the devastation it brought remains in many Virginia Beach homes and businesses.

Officials are urging residents to take simple precautions to avoid bogus charities, contractors or other scammers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)

Officials are urging residents to take simple precautions to avoid bogus charities, contractors or other scammers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)

As people begin to put their lives back together, Virginia Beach officials warn them to be careful of harmful mold and asbestos that may lurk in buildings that were damaged by flooding.

Before entering a home or business, check for structural damage and report it to local officials. Once inside, throw away wet bedding, carpeting and furniture to avoid harmful mold.

Report any suspected asbestos in a building’s flooring, walls or insulation to a contractor who can remove it.

For curbside placement and pickup of flood-related materials, call the City of Virginia Beach Public – Works Waste Management at 757-385-4650.

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