During a flood, safety precautions like staying away from and not driving through flooded areas are the primary concerns.
Health Officer Kevin Dick is with the Washoe County Health District. He says people should also avoid coming into contact with flood waters, which could be contaminated and can pose several public health risks. “People should presume that any flood waters that they see are contaminated with sewage, so it could be full of pathogens,” Dick explains, “and not something you want to be in contact with.”
Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talks with Kevin Dick about the contaminants that could be lurking in flood waters. Dick also advises people who have homes with private wells and septic systems to take extra steps to avoid risks.
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