No matter how tempted you might be to wade or play in flood waters, don’t do it. Oftentimes, danger lurks within and beneath flood waters and standing water.
DHEC urges everyone not to use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines or other hazardous debris that might be under the surface.
Follow these steps if you come into contact with flood waters or standing waters:
- Avoid or limit direct contact.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, especially before drinking and eating.
- Do not allow children to play in flood water, or play with toys contaminated with flood water.
- Report cuts or open wounds, and report all symptoms of illness. (Keep vaccinations current.)
Get more information on avoiding contact with flood waters from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. Also, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s page on risks associated with flood waters and standing water.