Various parts of Florida were pummelled by rain this past weekend. Flood damage in many areas is drastic, and many people were evacuated from their homes. Officials in Cape Coral are asking residents not to play in flood waters. Further, the Center for Disease Control has issued health and safety information related to flood waters.
What to Stay Away From
Standing water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and insects. As such, playing in or drinking this water can be very dangerous to public health. So far, flood waters have not damaged public health safety. Officials would like to keep it that way. Here are some things that you need to know about flood waters.
- This water can be harmful to the health of your pets: do not let dogs, cats, or other pets drink or play in this water.
- Small children can become sick after ingesting flood waters. Please keep an eye on your children if they are playing outside -- in fact, it is best to keep them inside until flood disaster areas have been cleaned up.
- Drowning risks: even small pools of flood water can move very swiftly. Anyone can drown in these waters. If you cannot leave your home, wait for help.
- Vehicles of any size can be taken away by strong flood waters and large pools of water. Do not try and drive through these waters.
- It is possible that hazardous chemicals may be present in standing pools of water - this is another reason why it is not a good idea to play in flood waters.
- Bacteria-filled water can enter your skin causing sickness - even if you are not drinking flood water, it is not a good idea to play in it for any reason.
Officials are also asking people to stay away from alligators -- alligators are seeking dry land, so you may find them in your backyard, on your patio, or in the middle of a parking lot that has not been flooded. These animals are wild animals and are dangerous. Alligators also hang out in flood waters that are not too deep. If you do see a gator, please contact authorities and stay away.
To protect yourself and your children and pets, do not let kids or pets outside unsupervised.
Officials are especially worried about small children and animals. Do your best to stay away from flood waters, stay in a safe area, and keep your pets away from any standing water. It can be hard to wait for officials to help in times of disaster and stress, but this is the best possible thing for your health.
At the Dellutri Law Group, we care about your health! Please be safe out there.