Alligators, Snakes And Sewage Reported In Florida Flood Water

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Emergency officials across Southwest Florida are warning residents about the dangers of flood water.

According to reports, people have been posting videos showing themselves swimming in their houses and playing outside in the water.

Officials with Collier County say this is dangerous because they receive reports of alligators, snakes, and sewage in the flood water.

Another concern would be that the water could be electrified since Hurricane Ian brought down powerlines and knocked out power from millions across the state.

Since emergency crews are already stretched thin, they are asking people not to put themselves in unnecessary danger.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that contact with flood water can cause wound infection, rashes, gastrointestinal illness, and tetanus.

For people who are forced to make contact with flood water, the Centers for Disease Control states that they should wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible. Alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer will also work.

People are also encouraged to wash contaminated clothes in hot water and detergent before reusing them.

Source: fox4now


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