February 23, 2020

Flood Advisory Updates from Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has posted updates about the serious flooding and water safety. They are advising people to avoid potentially contaminated flood waters, since contaminants such as raw sewage and chemicals from homes, businesses, and industry may be in the water. If you come into contact with floodwaters, wash frequently with warm water and soap.

FloodSeveral communities have issued “boil water advisories”, including Firestone, Frederick, Left Hand Water District, Lyons, and Mountain Meadow (Allenspark). Widespread outbreaks of infectious diseases after floods aren’t common in this country, but they can happen. If you have been ill with three or more days of diarrhea, any bloody diarrhea, diarrhea plus a fever, or other health concerns, contact your health care provider.

In addition, if you are in an area affected by flooding, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. People should be vaccinated for tetanus and diphtheria and keep up to date on boosters.

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