Flooding due to heavy rains or snow melt can hit Hoosier homeowners throughout the year. And, as Joan and Bob Nash can attest, floods can hit more than once in the same place.
In 2008 the Nashes' home on the Tippecanoe River near Brookston, Ind., was flooded twice within a month. After the back-to-back floods their home required extensive renovation, including getting rid of toxic mold.
The Nashes knew nothing about mold before the flood.
"We learned the hard way," Joan says. Mold grew underneath the siding, and their home's saturated walls had to be cut open to replace insulation and drywall.
Purdue Extension's Indiana Mold Team helps families like the Nashes recover from floods and other environmental conditions where the dangerous fungus thrives. The mold team partners with 10 regional disaster-assistance groups and is ready to respond when disaster strikes. As in the case with the Nashes, help of all kinds arrives after Purdue Extension educators notify relief and government agencies.
Thousands of families have received flood recovery information since the mold team — the first of its kind in the nation — was created in 2007. The team's resource materials are available on the Extension Disaster Education Network website.
Since the work was done on their home, the Nashes haven't had to battle any more floods. Joan says that she and Bob never lack appreciation for the peace of mind the team has given them.
"We don't have that worry about getting up at night and stepping into water," she says.