ATLANTA — Following torrential downpours and 100-year flooding that ravished the city of Atlanta
and 17 counties across the state of Georgia
, residents are returning to what could be potentially dangerous environments, according to the Associated Press
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) warns that bacteria in water left behind after flooding can infect open wounds and anyone venturing into a flooded yard or basement should wear rubber waders, surgical gloves and other personal protection equipment (PPE).
Flooding at sewage plants in at least four Atlanta-area counties along the Chattahoochee River could add human waste and plant debris to the standing water in some neighborhoods, the story stated.
To ensure a safe environment, many of the flooded properties will need environmental testing to determine if mold, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants are now present, the story noted.
According to the story, the damage is conservatively estimated at $250 million, not including the value of the 10 lives lost as a result of the flooding.
Residents are encouraged to discard any items that were submerged in the floodwaters and are urged to use bleach and other disinfectants to clean their businesses and homes, the story added.