Swab tests confirm bacteria in flooded courthouse
August 20, 2009
BRIDGETON, NJ — Following an August 12 flood that caused widespread damage, swab tests performed one day after the disaster in the Cumberland County Courthouse have confirmed the presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and fecal coliform, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Remediation work began immediately after the flood and is continuing with the use of a disinfectant that is highly effective against E. coli and similar bacteria, the story stated.
Fecal coliform bacteria, which is specific to water, was likely carried in with the flood waters, the story noted.
According to the story, cleaning crews have removed and discarded all of the carpeting, furniture, millwork and other damaged materials from the courthouse.
Despite the presence of various bacteria, air quality readings taken in the courthouse on Tuesday continue to be within acceptable levels, the story added.
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