Montana Health News

May 26, 2011 9:03 AM by Chrissy Kohler (StormTracker Weather Center)

Montana flooding poses unseen health dangers

MISSOULA- Local health officials have issued a warning about some of the unseen dangers which can be caused by the flooding and high waters which have been hitting Montana.

Flooding brings the potential to contract diseases thanks to the less than cleanly water and health officials say it's important to wash your hands immediately after coming contact with flood waters, whether it's only for an instant or you've been working in it all day.

Contaminated wells are also a big concern according to Missoula County Environmental Health Director Jim Carlson.

"A lot of people that live in low lying areas have a well that maybe out under flood water. And flood water is terribly contaminated, particularly with animal and sometimes human waste."

The Missoula City-County Health Department offers well-water testing for anyone who thinks flooding may have contaminated their water supply.

Contact Chrissy Kohler

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