Besides the extensive damage flooding has caused across the Tristate area, it has also produced a major health threat – mold. If you are cleaning out any homes that were previously flooded, be sure to wear a mask or other protective gear. Visible mold can be cleaned with bleach, but remember that even if you thoroughly clean it on the outside, mold can still fester inside the walls. It is important that you have a professional inspect the situation.
A sample of floodwaters taken from lower Manhattan last week indicates that E.coli, gasoline, and coliform are present. If ingested, it could cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. Even with receding waters, contamination of previously flooded objects still exists. Children are particularly prone to becoming ill from this as they are more likely to put their hands in their mouths after interacting with contaminated objects.