Flood Safety and Recovery Information

— Written By NC State Extension

When Flooded Turn Around Don't DrownWith heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, flooding is a major concern across much of North Carolina. This flooding will remain across much of the eastern part of the state for several days. After the flood waters recede, there will be many health and safety concerns left behind.

Some flood safety tips include:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Flood waters are dangerous and can contain chemicals, fuel, sewage and other contaminants which can cause serious health concerns.
  • To avoid waterborne disease, it is important to wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, especially before you eat.
  • If floodwaters come in contact with food, it becomes unsafe to eat. Even though some foods might seem protected because they are in cans, bottles, or jars, throw them out. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Consider all water unsafe until local authorities announce that the public water supply is safe.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

For more information related to this and other topics related to Hurricane Matthew recovery, please visit https://ncdisaster.ces.ncsu.edu

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