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Can Spring Floods Cause Disease?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

We might be rounding the corner on flu season but that doesn’t mean we can let our guards down when it comes to spring floods and the diseases that contaminated flood water can contain. 

The spring season in New England tends to bring its fair share of storms, some of which can deliver high winds and significant amounts of rain. We all know that floods pose the threat of water damage to commercial and residential buildings, but did you know that wading around in flood water might expose you to certain pathogens that can make you really sick? 

For instance, the bacteria in flood water can be concentrated enough to cause the following injuries or illnesses

  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Leptospirosis 
  • Skin rashes
  • Tetanus
  • Wound infections

Help! I unintentionally came in contact with floodwater… What should I do?

First rule of thumb is always: don’t panic. 

If you do encounter floodwater, protect yourself from possible exposure to these pathogens by cleaning the area with soap and water, or relying on hand sanitizer until you have access to clean water. 

Make sure you wash your clothes in hot water, ensuring they are completely clean and thoroughly dry before re-wearing them. 

In the event that you have to wade through flood water for any reason, it’s best to only do so after suiting up in protective gear, including goggles, gloves, and rubber boots. 

For all structural water damage and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich!

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