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Floodwater can carry infectious organisms


As water recedes along the Ohio River, city leaders are reminding residents that floodwater can carry infectious organisms.

To avoid waterborne diseases during cleanup, the Cincinnati Health Department advises the following precautions:

Wash your hands with soap and clean, running water.

• If the safety of a food or beverage is questionable, throw it out.

• Any chemical hazards, such as a propane tank, should be handled by the fire department or police.

• Do not use contaminated water to wash and prepare food, brush your teeth, wash dishes, or make ice.

• Remove standing water.

• Dry out your home by removing any excess moisture, which can increase humidity, causing the spread of microorganisms and allergic reactions.

The Mill Creek barrier dam has been in place since Friday, March 6; since then, the City Stormwater Management Utility (SMU) has pumped 6 billion gallons of water from the Mill Creek, protecting the surrounding valley from flooding. SMU plans to keep the dam and pumps in operation through this Friday or Saturday, depending upon river conditions.

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