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Floodwater safety tips as Hurricane Sally brings over 2 feet of rain to Gulf Coast

Safety experts say residents should prepare for flooding dangers.

9/16/2020 6:55:00 PM

As Hurricane Sally brings more than two feet of rain to Gulf Coast, here are a few commonsense strategies to help avoid unnecessary risk from floodwaters:

Safety experts say residents should prepare for flooding dangers.

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesA man walks through a flooded street, Sept. 4, 2017, in Katy, Texas. Over a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas.A man walks through a flooded street, Sept. 4, 2017, in Katy, Texas. Over a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas.

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Floodwater may also contain snakes or other wildlife, human waste from overwhelmed sewage lines and chemicals leached or spilled from flooded sites.(MORE: Catastrophic flooding for parts of Midwest, new storm to bring snow to the WestStagnant water is a paradise for bacteria, and any open wounds give bacteria a way into the body. That can lead to anything from a simple soft-tissue infection to a much more severe infection. People with a weak immune system are most vulnerable.

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesResidents hang out in front of their homes which are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey causing widespread flooding on September 2, 2017, in Orange, Texas.

Residents hang out in front of their homes which are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey causing widespread flooding on September 2, 2017, in Orange, Texas.Here are a few commonsense strategies to help avoid unnecessary risk from floodwaters:

• Before flooding, look up your neighborhood's flood zone and determine if your home or business is prone to flooding. Come up with an evacuation plan and make sure your car has a full tank of gas. Stock up on non-perishable foods.• After flooding, ensure your drinking water is sanitized and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with floodwaters. Disinfect objects that have come into contact with floodwater before offering them to children or toddlers.

• Try to avoid exposure with floodwaters for long periods of time to prevent physical injury. Wear waterproof boots if you have them. Do not attempt to drive over flooded streets as it could damage the car and strand passengers.• Keep any open wounds clean, dry and covered if you must go through the water. Seek medical attention for any wounds that are not healing or are festering or making you feel ill.

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