Last month we provided some advice on how to prevent floods. But, unfortunately, despite everybody’s best efforts, floods sometimes will occur. In addition to the mess, inconvenience and financial impacts, most importantly, there are health risks associated with flooding. We won’t go into the details of the risks, but will provide some advice on avoiding them.

Infectious diseases

Exposure to contaminated flood water, including eating or drinking anything that has been in contact, can cause digestive diseases. To safeguard against them:


Open wounds can become infected if they come in contact with flood water. To avoid this:


The Centers for Disease Control ( has much more information about this important issue.