Health risks posed by standing flood waters
After a storm hits, and the area is flooded, there are a number of risks that you need to keep in mind before wading through the water. The health risks associated with dirty water are well known. This type of water has an abundant amount of germs, bacteria, viruses and other contaminates. It is crucial to protect yourself when dealing with flood waters.
Not only do you have to worry about illness caused by contaminated water, but because the water is not clear, you have to worry about what is underneath the water. Flood waters are known to carry insects, and other critters that you really dont want to come in contact with. Depending on where you live, alligators are known to relocate after a flood and can easily hide unnoticed.
Another issue with flood waters is that they can sweep glass, metal and other objects that can cause injury.
Before dealing with flood waters, be sure to protect yourself!!