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Stuck in the Mud – Towing Safety

Recent rains have left mud in many fields and drives. If your equipment gets stuck in mud  and you need a tow, consider what needs to be done to safely free or move “stuck” equipment. Here are some tips for safer towing: Select a proper towing device. Don’t grab the first rope or chain that […]

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Food Safety in Flooding Emergencies

The Flood’s Over – Now What? When flooding has occurred, food safety begins.  Never take a chance with food that may have been contaminated.  Food-borne bacteria often cannot be detected by taste, smell or appearance.  If in doubt – throw it out! Flood water often contains sewage from municipal systems, septic tanks, lagoons and pastures. […]


Flooded Wells – Stop Use, Disinfect, Test

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has concise guidance on flooded wells. See Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW Extension/Stevens Point, provided 3 basic steps. If the well or area around the well has been in contact with flood water: Stop using your well water for drinking and cooking Have your well and plumbing […]


Guidelines for Consuming Late Season Produce Exposed to Floodwater

PDF version Late Season Flooded Produce Ingham By Barb Ingham, UWEX Food Safety Specialist, UW Madison Heavy rains and the flowing water that results can contaminate plants growing in the garden and create a food safety hazard. As floodwater moves into your garden, it can carry raw sewage overflow, farm and domestic animal waste, river or […]

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Effects of Flooding on Woody Landscape Plants

Plant roots, like people, need oxygen for respiration. That’s why a flood can stress a plant and even, if roots are submerged long enough, kill it. “Effects of Flooding on Woody Landscape Plants” by Laura Jull, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, UW Department of Horticulture, provides information on  immediate and long-term care of trees and […]


2018 UWEX Flooding Resources

The following are resources by University of Wisconsin Extension Specialists related to current flood situation. Flooding Effects on Corn (pdf version available) by Joe Lauer, UW Corn Specialist   Recovering Flooded Forages (pdf version available) Source: Team Forages,  by Dan Undersander, Professor Emeritus   Assessing Flood Damage to Soybean (pdf version available) Source: […]


A National Report Card on Protecting Children during Disasters

Almost five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and displaced over 160,000 Louisiana and Mississippi kids, a new report reveals that the vast majority of states are still not fully prepared to protect children in disasters. The report is the second disaster preparedness report released by Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. The 2010 […]


New Flood Pub for Agricultural Retailers

There is a new resource for EDEN for help for agricultural retailers to plan for flooding entitled “Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Flood: A Flood Response Plan for Agricultural Retailers”.  This publication came together in the middle of all the flooding Indiana had in 2009 and was released this month as we look at new flooding […]


Worldwide H1N1 Update

The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers met this week and in a statement released today, they indicated it remains critical for countries to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic, including necessary public health measures for disease control and surveillance. This was reported by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the […]