|DSHS Provides Flood Precautions as Hurricane Harvey Affects Texas
AUSTIN, September 1, 2017 -As the wind from Hurricane Harvey weakens, forecasters say catastrophic flooding due to continued rain along much of coastal Texas remains likely. The Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing flood-related health information to minimize injury and illness due to the storm.
First and foremost, pay attention to local media for the latest from local leaders. They will provide information about conditions in your area and let you know when and where it is safe to move.
Listen for announcements about the safety of public drinking water. Follow “boil water” alerts that may be issued by water utilities or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Floodwater may contain bacteria, hazardous chemicals and dangerous debris, so avoid contact with it as much as possible.
Don’t run electrical generators inside your home, because carbon monoxide can build up and kill. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Additional food and water precautions are below, and you can find more disaster recovery advice at TexasPrepares.org.