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The Importance of Staying Clear of Flood Waters

CENTRAL CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Looking at the fast moving flood waters we can all see how dangerous they can be, but there are also hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface.

Pinicon Ridge Park may look like just another flooded park, but there are hidden health concerns in the waters.

Some say they've been there before.

"When we were younger the Pinicon Ridge flooded and we went wading in the water and there was a huge typhoid fever scare so we all had to go and get shots,” said Central City Resident, Elaine Dull but even then, it was a little too late.

"I remember it particularly because we really got sick,” she said.

Now years later, with the Pinicon Ridge Park flooded again, it's closed off to the public.

One reason pollutants may have found their way into the water.

“The water is just going to carry off the pollutants that might be on the road so you could have the dust or the oils from the vehicle traffic and so forth,” said James Hodina of the Linn County Public Health.

When it comes to flooded areas, it's not the water you should be worried about, but the things inside you just can't see.

"It could be a potential for getting cut and if you have cuts or anything like that exposed to the water, the water would have bacteria in it so that bacteria could lead to an infection,” said Hodina.

Which is why it's important to get a tetanus shot and doctors recommend you get one every ten years.

"Especially with all the stuff that now we put on the roads, we put in the ditches to take care of the weeds to take care of the bugs, it's when your guards down that's when you should have your guards up,” said Central City resident Calleen Randall.

If you need more information on how to stay safe, you can go the Linn County Public health website: linncounty.org/health

 
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