Originally Posted by mattdon
It can take 2-3 days to dry a property. But as long as we delay in drying out the items and property, more damage will be caused. Therefore, drying process should be started as soon as possible. Windows and gates should be left open so that the things dry faster. You should immediately call restoration company as they are experts in implementing the correct process and methods.
Two or three days
More like two to four months. I've been flooded twice since I made the original post (I'm using a different forum ID now). The first time was a river that flowed through the house for 24 hours reaching a maximum depth of ~10". That was July 2007 and it wasn't fully dried out until November.
Then I was flooded from above in December 2009 when a pipe burst in the attic and we were away, so the house filled up with water. We didn't get back into the house until July 2010. I don't remember the exact drying time, but it was two or three months.
Both floods were repaired by Halifax Insurance using professional dehumidifying companies.