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Council issues floodwater warning

Shoalhaven City Council is urging local residents to avoid unnecessary contact with recent floodwaters.

Parts of the Shoalhaven have been inundated with floodwater over the past 48 hours after the area received heavy rainfall as a result of a recent east coast low weather system.

Council’s Environmental Services Manager, Andrew Gibbes said it was important for local residents to be aware as to the health risks posed by floodwater.

“It is extremely important that local residents do not swim or play in floodwater given the associated risks,” said Mr Gibbes.

“Council is aware of a number of low lying septic tanks and other sewerage infrastructures throughout the area that have been inundated with floodwater as a result of the recent heavy rains.

“While residents may be aware of the obvious physical dangers floodwater can present, people may not be aware that by contacting floodwaters you may inadvertently be exposing yourself to diluted sewage, bacteria or any chemicals that may be present.”

"Swimming in contaminated water may cause illness, including ear infections, eye infections, fever and diarrhoea.”

Council is advising local residents to avoid swimming in the ocean, rivers, creeks and lagoons for at least three days after the rain has ceased or until the signs of pollution such as discoloured water, litter or other floating debris have cleared.

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