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What You Need to Know About Health Hazards After a Flood
After the flood waters recede and people go about the business of cleaning up, many think that they’ve already faced the worst part of the disaster.
Unfortunately, it couldn’t be further from the case. The aftermath of the flood can be as dangerous and deadly as fighting to survive in the high waters – and sometimes more so.
It seems like every time you switch on the news, they’re talking about another devastating flood. This year has been a record one for floods and it’s not over yet. So far there have been 12 massive floods across the United States, with southern Louisiana being most recently submerged. Before that, just a few months ago Texas was once again hit by heavy rain and flooding. West Virginia suffered a 500-year flood that took 23 lives and destroyed over a thousand homes.
There are several diseases and myriad other health concerns that go hand in hand with freshwater flooding, and no matter where you live there are risks that can cost you your life that have nothing to do with drowning.
Here is a comprehensive list of flood hazards. This is one to print out in and put in your preparedness binder to have on hand should you ever find the waters rising near your home. The tips and information here will help to keep you and your family healthy and safe while you begin the long, difficult work of clean-up and restoring your home back to normal.