Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Health impacts of floodwaters

With all the flooding we have had this summer from heavy rains and tropical storms, it’s a good idea to understand why wading through floodwaters can be hazardous to your health, even if you are not in danger of drowning. Floods can cause the release of all kinds of toxic and hazardous chemicals, as witnessed by the release of coal ash and hog manure in Florence’s flooding rains a few weeks ago. This article from Health.com describes some of the health hazards associated with dirty flood water. You can read it here.

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