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NOBLE, Okla. -- Numerous flooding victims are noticing mold growing in their homes this summer.

In Noble, mold is growing in Melanie Colvin’s floors, walls and ceilings.

“It's been a little stressful. Worrisome as far as whether we're going to be able to stay in the house or whether we're going to end up having to move,” Colvin said.

She says the mold is affecting her family’s health.

“I have asthma. The kids have allergies. I have allergies. So that's our major concern, the effect it's going to have on us that way,” Colvin said.

For the time being, they are staying with relatives.

But the Colvins are not the only ones dealing with a moldy mess.

Jamie Marshall is an industrial hygienist and tests for mold. He says recent flooding has increased the issue.

“The time is what is critical. So it's the month or so after the big rain event that we see the indoor air quality and the mold impacting,” Marshall said.

There are different types of mold. If you cannot see it or smell it, you might know you have a problem if your body is reacting to it.

“If people are sensitive to the type of mold that's growing… then they would have the health symptoms associated with those like stuffy head, itchy eyes, headaches, upper respiratory coughing,”  Marshall said.

Colvin says fixing her mold dilemma would mean nearly gutting the entire house. She estimates the mold has caused well over $15,000 in damage.

Experts say there are ways to clean mold yourself if the problem is not widespread.

Marshall says you can clean mold with about 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. He also says there is mold treatment at home repair stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

If the problem is widespread, you will likely need to call an expert.

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