There are dangers in a flooded basement. Proceed with caution. Before you begin clean up:
Guard against gas leaks
If you smell gas, do not touch any electrical fixtures, switches or telephones. Leave the house and contact the local utility for assistance.
Guard against contamination
Wear protective boots, gloves and clothing.
Remember that immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.
Remember to call your insurance company as soon as possible. They will advise you on clean-up and claim procedures.