Cleaning up from flood? Make sure you do this:

*Feature Photo: The Fremont County Public Health Office in Lander is inside the County Courthouse. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Fremont County, Wyo.) - For properties impacted by the weekend flood, the Fremont County Public Health Offices have some right-on advice to keep you from getting sick from contaminated water. Because flood water may contain hazardous materials, it is important to avoid it if at all possible. If you are cleaning up your property, you should protect bare skin, face and eyes from contact with contaminated water. *Water Wells/Cisterns* • Flooded private water wells can sometimes make the water drawn from that well unsafe. Flood water contains bacteria and viruses from human and animal waste. Water can transport disease carrying materials from barnyards, feedlots and sewage disposal systems (flooded septic tanks). People who receive their water from a private well that has been flooded should not drink the water or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, wash and prepare food, make ice, make baby formula or other use for human consumption without taking precautions. *Boil to be safe* • Water should be boiled for a minimum of three minutes before consumption. Food safety may be a concern if food or food containers come in contact with flood water or contaminated materials. Clean surfaces that hold food, with soap and warm safe water, rinse with safe water. Soak one minute with a mix of one tablespoon household chlorine bleach per gallon of safe water, allow to air dry. *Water Test Kits available now* • For residents affected by the flood water, public health recommends having your well or cistern tested. Testing kits are now available at Fremont County Public Health 450 North 2nd Room 350 in Lander, 322 North 8th West in Riverton. Also, Lower Wind River Conservation Office located at 508 North Broadway in Riverton and Popo Agie Conservation Office located at 221 South 2nd Street in Lander. Sage West hospital in Lander is currently closed to in-patient care, but can assist with well water kit processing. Bottled or boiled water should be used until well water testing has been completed. *Symptoms of water-borne illness* • Chemical and sewer contamination of flood water can also occur, such as from solvents, hazardous materials, oil, gasoline, cleaning supplies, etc. Possible symptoms from chemical contamination are headache, nausea, burns, and skin irritation or infection. Water borne illness symptoms can be stomach-ache, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have any of the above symptoms, please contact your health provider. *Contact:* For more information, you may contact Fremont County Public Health at 856-6979 or 332-1073. #county10 #news