Public Health Emerging Issues – May 24, 2019

RISING WATER BRINGS INCREASED RISK OF FLOODS

  • As the increased amount of snow our state received this winter melts, coupled with a wetter than average spring, Mesa County is at an increased risk for floods.
  • Flash floods can happen in Western Colorado, but floods can develop slowly or very rapidly.
  • Just six inches of rapidly moving water can knock a person down.
  • Many areas of Mesa County use on-site wastewater treatment systems, also known as septic systems.  In a flood, these systems can overload and cause backups.
  • If you have a septic system, keep stormwater runoff away from your septic tank and drain field area as much as possible.
  • Water quality can also be impacted if flooding occurs.  You may notice increased turbidity or murkiness in the water or a possible smell.
  • Mesa County Public Health’s water quality program provides bacterial testing for drinking water and irrigation water samples from our regional lab.  You can find more information on how to have your water tested here.
  • The best way to minimize harm and damage to property is to be prepared.
    • Have a 72-hour kit with food, water, and essentials in a waterproof container ready to go.
    • Copy important documents and have them in your kit, too.

To read more about flooding preparedness and how you can protect your home visit health.mesacounty.us.

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