Residents reminded of health risks from floods

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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Niagara County is reminding its residents to keep safe from sickness after recent flooding in some areas.

Rain storms this week may have caused flooded homes and basements. Flooding can lead to bacterial and viral contamination from sewage backup and mold growth.

PHOTOS | News 4 viewers sent in dozens of photos from the deluge that hit Niagara County

The Niagara County Department of Health wants residents to know that sewage contains germs that make a contaminated home unfit for living. Individuals with open cuts or sores should try not to contact sewage-contaminated floodwater. If you’re exposed to flood water, disinfect yourself immediately. Individuals who experience GI symptoms after exposure to sewage should contact their healthcare providers.

The Department of Health is also reminding people about the risks of wet carpets, walls, mattresses or furniture. Mold can grow and present a health risk in as little as 48 hours.

Additional tips:

Sewage backup fact sheet

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