Oakland County issues flood-related health advisory

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The Oakland County Health Division has issued a public health advisory urging people to take precautions against illness and injury following Monday's record rain fall and floods.

County officials recommend avoiding flooded areas altogether, if possible, because of the risk of injury and potential contamination from raw sewage that may be in flood waters. Additionally, motorists should avoid flooded roads as the water may be deeper than it appears.

The health division also cautions against using water from wells affected by flooding until the well has been tested and the water has been confirmed as safe to drink.

Residents cleaning flooded basements are advised to make sure gas and electricity are tshut off. Only rely on flashlights in flooded areas and never use matches, lighters, or lanterns. If possible, open any and all windows to all any built-up gases to vent.

In order to avoid infection, always wear rubber gloves, protective clothing (preferably disposable), waders, or boots, and cover all open cuts and sores with adhesive bandages when attempting to clean up after a flood.

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