Red Cross offers online flood cleanup guide

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Illinois residents affected by weekend flooding can find resources from the American Red Cross, which has posted an online flood cleanup guide.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents affected by weekend flooding can find resources from the American Red Cross, which has posted an online flood cleanup guide.

Severe storms dumped more than seven inches of rain across central and northern Illinois over the weekend, flooding streets, filling viaducts and seeping into tunnels. On Monday, the Red Cross said a shelter it opened in Franklin Park to help those displaced by the flooding was still open.

Red Cross experts suggests those cleaning after a flood wear rubber gloves and boots.

They say children and pets should be kept away from floodwaters and residents should check for loose or broken power and gas lines before entering their homes.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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