Cleaning up after a flood that has damaged your home or business can be an overwhelming task. Although the process to recover from a flood may be a long and sometimes difficult process, the City of Arlington Public Works and Transportation Department would like to assist residents and business owners by providing information and resources to help get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.After notifying your insurance company, ensuring it’s safe to re-enter your property, and documenting the damage caused by the flood, the most important thing to do is to protect your health by beginning cleanup efforts. Floodwaters may have left behind things that could make you sick. Flood damaged items, such as carpet, furniture, mattresses, bedding, drywall and other building materials can quickly develop mold or bacteria and should be removed from the property as soon as possible. When in doubt, throw it out. Don’t risk injury or infection.Additional flood cleanup information is available at the following websites:
- FEMA: Begin Flood Cleanup as Soon as Possible
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Checklist
Residents may use their two free landfill coupons to bring materials to the landfill, or materials may be placed curbside for pickup on regularly schedule collection days. Residents can obtain additional information on the Landfill Coupons and restrictions on items accepted at the landfill by visiting the City’s Garbage and Recycling webpage.The public is reminded that hazardous household waste, such as paint, motor oil, or pesticides may not be placed curbside for collection nor taken to the landfill. Residents may drop off items of this nature free of charge at the City of Fort Worth’s Environmental Collection Center. The Center is located at 6400 Bridge Street and is open Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Hazardous Household Waste: Environmental Collection Center webpage for additional information.Please visit the City’s Stormwater Management webpage or contact the Public Works and Transportation Department at 817-459-6550 to learn more about the services provided by the Stormwater Management group.