Public Health Warning: Flood from power outages & standing water can make you sick
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As people clean up damage from the overnight storms Wednesday, March 1, there was a warning from public health experts.
Potential hazards after severe weather could make people sick. At the Hamilton County Health Department officials were taking calls from people who had water in their basements. People have to clean that up and if they lost power some were really worried about the food in the freezer or the refrigerator.
Jeremy Hessel, director of environmental health, said, "Usually what we recommend people do is keep those doors shut unless they really need to go in there. But I would say that the rule of thumb is that if it goes above 41 degrees, that's when we would think about discarding that food."
Hessel advised, "Standing water we are concerned about , one of the primary concerns is if there is sewage coming back into a residence or a facility or some of the diseases that would be associated with flood water."
An example of those diseases could be anything from Giardia to E. coli if there is sewage in the water.