POST IAN - The Dangers of Flood Waters & 3 Tips to Cleansing if You Made Contact!

POST IAN - The Dangers of Flood Waters & 3 Tips to Cleansing if You Made Contact!

Floodwater and standing waters can be dangerous and can make you vulnerable to infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. Protect yourself and your loved ones from the risks brought by floodwater by following these steps. - CDC

Always follow warnings about flooded streets

Avoid driving through flood waters - even cars can be swept away or may stall.

You can’t see what is under the water.   It could include any of the following:

Downed power lines

Human and livestock waste

Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste 

Other contaminants that can lead to illness.

Physical objects such as glass, metal, lumber.

Animals or marine life.

Exposure to flood water  can cause:

Infections to wounds

Skin rash

Gastrointestinal illness


Leptospirosis (not common)

The best way to protect from these is to STAY OUT OF THE WATER.

If you do come in contact with this water here are three tips to clean:

  1. Wash with soap and clean water as soon as possible. 
  2. Take care of wounds and seek medical attention if necessary.
  3. Wash clothes in hot water and detergent before reusing them.

Can I eat my canned food that has made contact with flood water?

The CDC recommends the following:


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