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Floodwater has public health risks

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MISSOULA -

A health warning now from officials at the  Missoula County Health Department, reminding residents that as floodwaters continue to rise, so do public health risks.
Floodwaters often contain a wide range of pollutants that could make drinking water, wells, and septic systems unsafe to use.
An environmental health manager for Missoula County said that the best thing to do is avoid contact with flood water and if you do have to work in floodwaters it is extremely important to wear proper protective gear.

"There’s higher counts of bacteria. There's viruses. There could be potentially other contaminants you know if it is on somebody's shop floor and the flood comes through there is really nothing we can do at that point to keep it out of the flood waters, so in general contact with flood water is not safe," said Jeanna Miller, Environmental Health Manager at Missoula County Health Department.
The Missoula County Health Department does offer water testing and it typically takes about two days to get test results.

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