As the remnants of Tropical Depression Jeanne head towards Eastern Carolina, officials in one city are warning residents of the potential for flash flooding.
The New Bern Police Department is asking drivers to pay attention to things like high water signs. Officials say they would rather drivers find an alternate route than to risk stalling their vehicle or getting swept away by flash flooding.
The police department also asks anyone calling to report a flooded roadway to call the police department's non-emergency number, instead of calling 911.
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Flood Sanitation and Hygiene
- Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
- Wash hands before preparing or eating food; after toilet use; after participating in flood cleanup activities; and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
- Flood waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and agricultural and industrial byproducts.
- Although skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is some risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with flood water.
- If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to flood water, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to control infection.
- If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
- Parents need to help children avoid waterborne illness.
- Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with flood-water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.
- You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.
Source: www.cdc.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) contributed to this report.