Flood’s Effects Linger in Health Hazards

Oct 15, 2015

A flooded creek near Columbia shortly after record October rains ended. (File Photo)
Credit Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

    As flood waters continue to recede in South Carolina and the threat to roads, dams and property is diminishing, the water can still pose a hazard to the many South Carolinians who get their water from private wells. Robert Yanity and Dr. Linda Bell of DHEC say that illnesses from contaminated water can still pose a danger.

In addition, DHEC is offering free tetanus shots through Oct. 17 as a precaution, as wounds could become infected during cleanup efforts. The agency is putting up information on disinfecting contaminated wells, where to take well water samples for testing, times and locations for free tetanus shots, and more on its website, www.scdhec.gov.