In the wake of South Carolina’s major flooding, many areas found themselves covered with record amounts of water. As the waters subsided and people returned to their homes, they discovered not only ruined items and damages that needed immediate repair, but found themselves faced with potential health concerns.
- Contaminated Drinking Water
Following the floods, people in Columbia who were served by the city’s water department were advised to boil any water that would be used for drinking or cooking. For people whom boiling was not an option, unscented bleach added in small amounts to the water was advised. But why?
Because consuming contaminated water can bring about symptoms similar to food poisoning. People who drink or eat foods cooked with contaminated water may experience nausea, cramping, diarrhea and fever.
- Contact with Flood Water
One of the great joys of childhood is playing in a flooded street. Unfortunately, just touching flood waters can cause health problems. Flood waters commonly contain sewage, chemicals and oils. It is never advisable to come into contact with flood waters when it can be helped.
Unfortunately, many in certain sections of the state had no choice. Anyone who came into contact with these tainted waters was advised to bathe with soap and clean water as soon as possible. People were also advised to dry their skin fully if they had extended water exposure.
People rarely stop to consider what the waters of a flooded area may contain. It is not unusual for rocks, tree branches and other debris to be hidden in the murky waters. This debris can lead to injury through trips, falls and missteps. To help prevent these injuries, police blocked off areas considered to be the most dangerous.
- Mold and Mildew
One of the problems that can linger long after a flood recedes is mold. Mold and mildew growth should not be taken lightly. Mold can cause skin and respiratory issues, especially in the elderly, the very young, and people with already compromised immune systems and present allergies.
Anyone who was affected by the floods in South Carolina is encouraged to seek the advice of a mold remediation specialist if their homes were underwater. Such a professional can inspect a structure for signs not seen by the untrained eye. Homeowners are urged to follow the advice given by these experts.
If you suffered an injury in the recent flooding, you may be entitled to compensation depending on the circumstances of that injury. Contact our offices today for a free case evaluation. We will review the facts and advise you how to best proceed if applicable. Call now.