Flooding in Wisconsin (posted September 6, 2018)

After Flooding: Take Precautions to Keep Your Family Safe
Health dangers after a flood can be present for weeks or months

State health officials along with Lincoln County Health Department are urging Wisconsin residents who live in flooded areas to be cautious.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reminding people that the effects of standing water can create health hazards that can last weeks, months, or even years. For those in the areas impacted by the floods, here are some precautions you should take:Flood water damage can lead to mold growth. Mold may be seen or smelled within a few days, but the problems may take longer to show up. The best advice is to talk to a professional cleaning service to determine how serious the mold problem is and the safest way to get rid of it. Within a few days you may see or smell mold, but sometimes problems take longer to show up.
Other clean up tips include:After flood waters recede, residents with wells that were submerged are advised to have the well checked. Well water should be sampled for coliform bacteria, whose presence indicates contamination and requires disinfection of the well and water system. Water Testing is available for $20 by calling Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307.
If you have questions about flood-related issues, contact the Lincoln County Health Department, or visit www.lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com