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Staying safe and healthy during a flood

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- From fecal material, to agricultural runoff, to industrial chemicals, there are many reasons to follow safe practices both during and after a flood.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends practicing basic hygiene during the emergency.

That means washing your hands often, and making sure water is boiled or disinfected.

CDC officials also say wading in flood waters can be a cause of infection or result in a variety of injuries.

If you're returning to your home after flooding, do it during daylight to avoid igniting any possible gas leak.  If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately.  Then tell authorities.

Once you get around to cleaning, all surfaces that came in contact with the water should be scrubbed with soap and water and disinfected with a bleach mixture.

Throw out all surfaces that cannot be disinfected, like drywall, cloth, and rugs.

It's also important to keep children and pets clear of affected areas until cleanup is finished.

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