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Surface waters in the area may be contaminated

 

This notice deals with surface waters only. It does not in any way concern drinking water. The water plant has been unaffected by the flooding and all drinking water from the City of Clarksville is SAFE.

Due to the extreme flooding in the Cumberland River basin and localized Clarksville area flooding, all surface water (creeks, streams, puddles, and ponds) in Clarksville and the general area should be considered contaminated. The Clarksville Gas and Water Department recommends the public abstain from wading, swimming, or drinking from any surface water source. The water may be contaminated with gasoline, oil, untreated wastewater, or other hazards.

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Strong Currents and Waterborne Illnesses Pose Risk

 

Public Health Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Flood Water Whenever Possible

When floods occur, affected residents run the risk of contracting waterborne illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, chemicals or toxins found in the water. People can be exposed by ingesting, breathing in, or simply contacting contaminated water. Additionally, walking, wading or even playing in flood waters might pose a potential hazard of drowning. Avoiding flood waters whenever possible is the best strategy to prevent illness and injury.

“Waterborne illnesses and flood related injuries pose a serious risk to residents affected by this natural disaster,” said State Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “Parents should take extra precaution by keeping children and teens out of potentially contaminated flood waters. While it might not be obvious, currents can be strong and pose an immediate potential for drowning. Protect your loved ones and keep them safe by staying away from flood water.” «Read the rest of this article»

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