Crawford County health experts say once the storms are past, don’t go into the water.
They say it’s impossible to know what kinds of chemicals or biological waste have been washed into waterways. Those could pose a major threat to your health. But that’s not the only risk with swimming in flood waters.
“Things can wash down into an area, like into a pond, that weren’t there before, or into a river, and there could be strong currents, so it is best and safest for people to stay out of that water,” says Rebecca Adamson, Crawford County Health Officer.
Adamson says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be testing flood waters for hazardous materials, but there’s no timetable for that to happen at this point.