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Flooding presents health risks

When communities are flooded, homeowners’ and businesses’ first response is to ensure the safety of loved ones and staff and then prevent as much damage as possible and in the days following, everyone’s focus turns to the clean-up effort and getting all utilities in working order.
However, said Janel Rose with the Barton County Health Department, residents should also focus on preventing health risks whenever possible.
“Floods create a potential health risks because flood water often contains sewage waste that deposits harmful bacteria and contaminants on surfaces it touches,” she said. These flood risks include tetanus, sewage and chemical ...


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