August 14, 2014
Flood cleanup and public health:
For information regarding how to safely clean flood affected areas, please contact the Institute for Population Health Environmental Safety program at:
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August 12, 2014
Detroit, Mich., – In response to widespread flooding in areas of Detroit, the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, the Institute for Population Health and Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness urges all Detroit residents to follow the precautions listed below.
Avoid flooded areas – stay out of any areas that are flooded to prevent injury or possible contamination from raw sewage. Do not drive on a flooded street to prevent damage to your car, and respect all road barriers. If you see a flooded area, turn around and seek an alternate route.
Do not consume floodwater or food items that may have come in contact with floodwater – to prevent major illness, throw out any food items that could potentially be contaminated. Contaminated food items should be placed in rat-proof containers and discarded, and any open containers of food should be considered contaminated. Tap water from your sink is safe to consume and use for bathing.
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