Flooding from Hurricane Matthew leads to mold issues

13News Now Steven Graves has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach homeowner Sherri Hinton said after the two feet of flood waters receded following Hurricane Matthew, mold and mildew is all she can smell.

Hinton said the smell is causing her angst and she's fearful for her mother's health as well.

"I'm going to take her to the doctor to make sure that she's ok," Hinton said.

Hinton’s mom has lung problems and needs oxygen to help her breathe

"I can't stand to smell the mold," said Sherley Hinton. "My daughter has to light candles to kind of kill out the mold scent."

While the Hintons are waiting to have their home assessed for mold, crews around Hampton Roads are busy.  Many couldn't meet up with 13 News Now because of high demand for assistance.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, to prevent moldy situations, remove standing water or wet materials. If cleaning, wear goggles, gloves even a respirator. And DO NOT clean mold if you're allergic.

Also, remember to not mix cleaners and disinfectants, as hazardous chemicals might come about. You’re also encouraged to open windows while cleaning.

Meanwhile, Sherri is taking measures into her own hands.

"I'm really going to have to scrub it more than one time to get the scent out."

You can learn more information about tips for coping with mold, here


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