WELD COUNTY - After receiving numerous complaints about the smell from receding flood waters and drying mud, Weld County health officials said Tuesday that the unpleasant odors are not a public health hazard.
Although the flood water mud may be contaminated with raw sewage, officials say the only possible routes of infection from sewage contaminated floodwater or debris are by ingestion.
To prevent bacterial infection or other contamination, the following recommendations should be followed:
Home Disinfection and Cleaning
• Disinfect non-absorbent surfaces of your home and equipment as needed with a solution of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts water or use a commercial disinfectant and follow the manufactures directions.
• Dispose all saturated material (e.g. couches and chairs) that can't be cleaned. Flood soaked material such as carpet and drywall are typically removed and disposed to a landfill.
• Wash your hands and skin after clean up. Update your tetanus and diphtheria vaccination. The health department will continue to provide free "walk-in" tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations until close of business on Friday October 4.
• Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, such as work boots, during cleaning operations.
• Children should not be present during cleaning operations or breathing cleaning solution vapors (e.g. chlorine).
• Be cautious for mold contamination if a building's interior was saturated with water for more than 48 hours, has extensive water damage, or has a strong "mildew" odor.
• Wear gloves, an appropriate dust mask (e.g. N95), and eye protectionsuch as goggles, during clean-up activities.
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