Thousands of families across Mississippi have evacuated their homes to get away from the disastrous flood waters.
While it will take weeks for waters to recede, some people may already be thinking about ways to start cleaning up the mess.
Here are some safety tips from the Mississippi Department of Health:
When you're able to make it back home, make sure to wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
That will help to prevent getting cut or scratched by debris.
Anyone cleaning up will want to throw out any items that have come in contact with floodwaters.
That includes, food, medicine, cosmetics and bottled water.
It's a good idea to get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in more than 10 years.
People who receive water from a private well, should make sure to have the well water inspected, disinfected and sampled.
And last but not least, if someone is bitten by a snake, call 911 immediately.
Snake bite victims are advised not to cut, suck or apply ice to the bite.
Instead, lie down flat and keep the infected area at the level of the rest of your body.
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