Reasons why you shouldn’t play in flood waters

Credit: Constance Walsh

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Department of Health wants to remind you that playing in flood water can lead to some serious complications from the water being polluted.

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During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water, according to a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of their vehicle. You should never attempt to walk or drive through moving water, as there is no way of telling its depth and swift moving water can carry away people or vehicles trying to cross it.

Heavy rain causes flood waters to rise and remain stagnant on streets throughout neighborhoods. In these situations, be aware of the following:

  • Road surfaces become obscured, and drivers can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water, such as a canal or pond.
  • Electricity from streetlights and power poles may be active through standing water causing a deadly shock to anyone coming in contact with it.
  • Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating insects.
  • People coming into contact with floodwaters should thoroughly rinse any exposed body parts with soap and sanitized or disinfected water.

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