HOUSTON (April 22, 2016)

The deluge that struck the Houston area this week left behind hundreds of flooded homes and buildings and caused millions in damages. As residents begin the long, arduous process of necessary cleaning and repairs, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute care team wants owners to protect themselves as they dry out their homes, tear out drywall and navigate debris piles.

“Recovering from a flood can be a trying experience, both emotionally and physically,” said Dr. Samuel Prater, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth emergency medicine physician and medical director of emergency services at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. “Homeowners overwhelmed by the magnitude of the damage can forget to put safety first, but it’s critically important to protect yourself and your family during this difficult time. And always remember to consult a professional for help when dealing with flood-ravaged homes.”