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 Many are still waiting for the Mississippi river fall back into its banks.

Once it does -- flood victims will start the process of cleaning up, and the Red Cross says they are ready to help, starting with an old fashioned mop and bucket. 

If you went into the Red Cross Building in Moline now, you might mistake it for a janitors closet. 

Buckets, mops, and brooms fill the warehouse. 

"Items such as these disappear quickly off the shelves at the stores," says Red Cross Volunteer, Susan Kuehl.

Kuehl has been working with the Red Cross for 3.5 years.

She's seen devastation from tornadoes in Joplin and Washington, Il.

She went to New York to see what Hurricane Sandy left behind. 

Now, she's working to help people recover from a flood, something she says the public doesn't seem to see as destructive. 

"It's easy to show the devastation done by a hurricane or tornado. But the flooding, not so much," Kuehl explains. 

One of the biggest problems with flooding she says, is what it leaves behind.. Mold. 

Which she says can spread well after a flood is gone. 

"With water coming into your home, you're going to have mud as well. It's not just a matter of mopping things up. You have all these other things that need to be cleaned up, and need to be sanitized."

So, the Red Cross is giving out flood kits, to help people clean up once the water is gone" mops, brooms, buckets and sanitizers.

But if you are looking to help, Kuehl says cash always comes in handy.  

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