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Hurricane Isaac Leaves Health Concerns

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 30 Aug 2012 04:38pm | comments

Mississippians are still dealing with the lingering dangers left by Isaac. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on the health dangers left by receding floodwaters.

Hurricane Isaac caused flooding across Mississippi and that water can carry bacteria, chemicals and human waste.

Dr. Mary Currier with the Mississippi Department of Health says Mississippians need to be extra cautious when cleaning up flooded homes and property.

"If you are cleaning up, wear clothing that will keep you from getting scratches and cuts and things like that. If you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last ten years, you should probably get one. Keep your kids out of the floodwater. And the things that come in contact with the floodwater or disinfect them," Currier said.

Currier says private wells in flooded areas should be inspected and disinfected.

The storm and floodwaters can also do structural damage to a home making it unsafe.

That is why Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney recommends having a flooded home inspected for soundness.

"If you live in a manufactured home look at the interior appears for signs of floodwaters that might have caused movement or settlement to the foundation of the home. Look for obvious signs such as the building is not level, or the bottom skirting is missing and block support piers may by missing. Don't enter the home if any of these problems exist," Chaney said.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s office is current investigating hundreds of claims of retailers inflating their prices in violation of a temporary anti-price gouging statute.

Attorney General Jim Hood says a camera or smart phone can help stop price gouging and home repair fraud.

"People who think they have been victims of price gouging, take a picture of the pump. Or if after the storm somebody comes up and wants to do some home repair for you and you are suspicious of them, you don't know them, you don't know if they are a local contractor. Use that cell phone take pictures or video whatever. Of the agreement, their vehicle, their tag. Things of that information," Hood said.

Hood says two people have already been arrested for alleged price gouging but it will take a while to sort through the rest of the claims.





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