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Health Department makes flood resources available

  • Illinois Route 37 south of West Frankfort was one of the first main roads to flood after nearly a foot rain fell on portions of southern Illinois Friday evening.

    Illinois Route 37 south of West Frankfort was one of the first main roads to flood after nearly a foot rain fell on portions of southern Illinois Friday evening.
    Photo by Jason Gresham

 
Posted on 5/4/2017, 5:00 AM

The health department is setting up a place in Franklin County to help distribute information and resources to residents who have been affected by the recent floods.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has set up resource tables at the West Frankfort Public Safety Complex, located at 201 E. Nolen St.

Health-related information such as flood clean-up, mosquito exposure and mold will be available. Personnel also will be available at a table to provide resources and to answer any health-related questions. These tables will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Officials also plan to conduct door-to-door outreach in some impacted areas of Franklin County by providing health information, checking on residents, and helping to connect them and their requests for assistance to the appropriate agencies.

These basic precautions can help to prevent disease:

* Minimize skin contact with flood water, especially cuts and sores. Keep them clean and covered.

* Do not allow children to play in areas contaminated by flood water and/or sewage overflows.

* Use only bottled or disinfected water for drinking, cooking, tooth brushing, and bathing until you are sure the water supply is safe.

* Do not eat or drink anything exposed to flood water.

* Discard food exposed to contaminated waters. Discard all bulging or leaking canned food and any food stored in jars. Undented, intact cans can be cleaned with a bleach solution before use.

* Keep contaminated objects, water, and hands away from your mouth, eyes and nose.

* Wash hands frequently, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and immediately following contact with flood water or contaminated objects or surfaces.

* Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.