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What Is Actually In Floodwater?

Serious hurricanes like Hurricane Irma are capable of producing millions of gallons of floodwater. In fact, Irma caused so much flooding that it actually drained nearly all the water from the largest bays in Florida, at least temporarily.

While that water can be devastating based on just sheer force, floodwater also contains many dangerous substances and is often mixed with sewage disposal, toxic waste, chemicals, and more. The water can cause those who work or come in contact with it to become sick.

Floodwater contains some infectious organisms such as E. coli, Hepatitis A Virus, and Salmonella. It can also contain agents of tetanus, typhoid, and paratyphoid. The water can also be contaminated by industrial or agricultural chemicals that can cause mild to severe health problems.

Even after floodwater is no longer flowing, it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and you never know what type of aquatic animals may be swimming around in the water as well. The water is likely carrying plenty of animal waste it picked up in fields or wooded areas.

Unfortunately, plenty of Southwest Florida residents have experienced the concoction of chemicals, sewage, wildlife, debris, and more present in floodwater after major hurricanes. The best thing you can do is to avoid the water as much as possible by protecting your home and evacuating the area plenty early.

Storm Smart has been protecting the homes of Fort Myers residents for more than 20 years. Our complete line of hurricane protection products includes:

  • Storm Catcher Screens
  • Shutter Systems
  • Windows
  • Storm Panels
  • Solar Screens

We are proud to offer a free consultation so you can be sure your home is protected against dangerous hurricanes and floodwater. Give us a call today at 239-274-2700 to schedule your consultation or find out more information.