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The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has posted information related to flooding and health on its website. Topics include safe drinking water, sewage issues, private wells and septic systems, food safety, tetanus, environmental contaminants, home cleanup, mold, general health and safety, among others.
A link to the information is available at www.larimer.org
The Health Department reminds people to avoid contact with flood water if possible since it will likely contain harmful bacteria, chemicals or other contaminants. Many contaminants such as raw sewage, as well as potential releases of chemicals from homes, businesses and industry, may be contained in floodwaters. If people must be in contact with floodwaters, they should wash frequently with warm water and soap.
Also, keep watch for local drinking water advisories which, in most cases, are announced by local municipalities. People who get their drinking water from small water systems or private wells should boil their drinking water if there is a suspicion that the water systems were impacted by the flood. Boil water for three minutes before cooling and using, or use bottled water.