Don’t drink the water — that’s the message health officials are telling local residents regarding wells in the Bellevue area.
“It is strongly recommended that water from private water sources, such as wells, in the affected areas not be consumed,” said Deb Oehling, an epidemiologist serving the Erie County Health Department. “The likelihood of groundwater contamination and the risk of water borne illness is of definite concern.”
The Public Health Commissioners, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Natural Resources have issued health and safety guidelines due to the heavy rain which has added to the already present flooding areas of concern to the residents of Bellevue and areas near the city in Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
In addition to water wells and drinking water, additional areas of concern for health officials include sewage systems, damp indoor environments and mold, mosquitoes and disease.
Health officials have released guidelines involving what to do with flooded wells and septic systems as well as information as to why the flooding in the Bellevue area has been so severe.
Health officials also have offered advice on dealing with the damp environment of the home and what to do once the water is gone. The release also talks about avoiding the dangers of cleaners and disinfectants and how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
The full reports can be viewed on this Web site.