RETAIL FOOD FACILITIES:
Restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail establishments who have been flooded must self-close until the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure proper cleanup of the facility. More information and guidelines on cleanup is available at the links listed below.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE:
Floodwaters can create problems with common chemicals stored around the house. Protect yourself first and during cleanup, know that there are free services available to assist with proper disposal. Common household chemicals such as paints, petroleum based products, polishes, gasoline, acids, bases, batteries, poisons, pesticides, gardening chemicals, ammonia, solvents, pool chemicals, propane, helium and small oxygen tanks, smoke detectors, fluorescent lamps, medications, sharps, batteries, or flood damaged electronic waste, as examples, should be safely collected and taken to a free drive-through drop off at an HHW event by calling (408) 299-7300 or by signing up online at hhw.org.
For more information please refer to www.hhw.org or call (408) 299-7300 during business hours.
SWIMMING POOL & SPA SAFETY:
Public swimming pools and spa facilities must immediately close if you have a flood or any circumstance that may endanger the public's health, including lack of electricity or potable water. Floodwaters will carry many contaminants that are potentially hazardous to your health. If you own or operate a swimming pool/spa that has been impacted by floodwater, it is strongly recommended that a pool professional be contacted for assistance with the pool/spa inspection and remediation of any damage. Permanent damage to the pool structure, plumbing and wiring can occur if proper precautions are not taken during repairs. Commercial facilities (open to the public) that have been impacted by the effects of flooding cannot operate until the Department of Environmental Health grants approval. Please contact us at 408-918-3400.
Residential pools and spas should also contact a professional pool company for service and repair. Pools and spas should not be used until appropriate steps have been taken to ensure they are safe. This is likely to include complete draining of a pool or hot tub and appropriate disinfection.
MOSQUITO AND VECTOR CONTROL:
After floodwaters recede, one of the concerns in the coming weeks is that any remaining water may be a source of mosquito breeding. Keep an eye out for conditions such as water in basements, crawl-spaces underneath homes, swimming pools contaminated by floodwater or lacking proper maintenance, and containers filled with water.
- The Santa Clara County Vector Control District encourages residents to report mosquitoes or mosquito-breeding sources and take preventive measures, such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and applying repellent when outdoors where mosquitoes are biting.
- Drain, remove, or turn over anything that can hold water: flowerpots, planter bases, bird baths, toys, cans, rain gutters, pet dishes, buckets, and old tires.
- For more information about mosquito prevention, go to SCCvector.org or call (408) 918-4770.
- For free assistance on mosquito control or other issues such as rodents or wildlife, residents can contact the District office by calling (408) 918-4770, fill out a service request online at SCCvector.org or use the SCCvector app, downloadable at SCCvector.org/app.