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Council reminding local residents to avoid contact with storm affected waterways

Shoalhaven City Council is again reminding local residents to avoid unnecessary contact with stormwater and waterways affected by the recent floods.

Much of the Shoalhaven fell victim to flash flooding and stormwater overflow last week as parts of the area received over 400mm of rain in under three days.

Council’s Acting Environmental Services Manager, Isabelle Ghetti said local residents were being reminded to continue to avoid contact with waterways and stormwater affected by the floods.

Ms Ghetti said Council would be monitoring the water quality in affected areas over the coming weeks saying the organisation would be keeping the community informed as to the results.

“Despite the clear blue skies we are currently enjoying it remains important that residents continue to avoid contact with the area’s ocean, rivers, creeks and estuaries for the next few weeks,” said Ms Ghetti.

“Local residents are being urged to stay out of the water until the signs of pollution such as discoloured water, litter or other floating debris have completely cleared.

“Council will be continuing to undertake water quality testing over the coming weeks however it is anticipated that the water may not be safe for activities in some areas for another three weeks.”

Whilst the risk of infection from contact with floodwater is generally low, the following measures will help minimise the risk:

  • Wash hands thoroughly after contact with floodwater or items contaminated by floodwater
  • Wear protective clothing such as boots and gloves when you know you will be in contact with floodwater or handling contaminated items
  • Cover cuts and abrasions and ensure they don’t come into contact with floodwater or contaminated items

 

CONTACT: Senior Environmental Health Officer, Andrew Gibbes - 4429 3445

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