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Heavy rain and flooding can pose a number of health risks, both during and after the event. Here are some important health precautions to take during and after heavy rain and flooding:
During heavy rain and flooding:
• Avoid contact with floodwater. Floodwater can contain sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants that can cause a variety of health problems, including skin infections. If you must come into contact with floodwater, wear protective clothing and footwear, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
• Stay indoors. If you are caught in a heavy downpour, find shelter indoors as soon as possible. Do not drive or walk through flooded areas, as even shallow water can be strong enough to sweep you off your feet.
After heavy rain and flooding:
• Continue to avoid contact with floodwater. Floodwater may remain contaminated for several days or even weeks after a flood.
• Do not eat food that has been exposed to floodwater. Floodwater can contaminate food with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can cause serious illness. Discard any food that has been in contact with floodwater.
• Boil drinking water. Floodwater can contaminate drinking water with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Boil all drinking water for at least five minutes before consuming it.
• Inspect your home for damage. Floodwater can damage your home’s structure, electrical system, and plumbing. If you suspect that your home has been damaged, have it inspected by a qualified professional before you reoccupy it.
• Be aware of the risk of mold growth. Mold can grow in damp, humid environments. Mold can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and other health problems. If you see mold in your home, have it removed by a professional.
• Take care of your mental health. Floods can be a traumatic experience. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, talk to a mental health professional.
Here are some additional tips for staying safe during heavy rain and flooding:
• Monitor weather forecasts and warnings. Pay attention to the weather forecasts and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate your home if necessary.
• Have an emergency plan in place. Make sure you know what you would do in the event of a flood. This includes having a plan for evacuating your home, knowing where to go, and having a way to communicate with family members.
• Assemble an emergency kit. An emergency kit should include food, water, first aid supplies, and other essential items that you may need in the event of a disaster.
• Stay informed. Stay up-to-date on the latest information about the flood, including evacuation orders and road closures.
By taking these precautions, you can help protect yourself and your family from the health hazards associated with heavy rain and flooding.