Flood Season: Staying Safe and Healthy

It’s springtime in North Central Montana, and while enjoying the warmer weather, it’s important to keep in mind that the runoff from melting snow and spring rainstorms have the potential to cause flooding of our creeks and rivers, especially in rural areas.  The City-County Health Department has some resources on their website to help those who may be under flash flood watches, warnings or advisories to stay healthy and safe.

There are some simple steps to take to prepare your home and family if you are under a flood watch or warning such as gathering emergency supplies, staying updated on the situation, and knowing how to shut off your utilities. 

Drinking water may become contaminated during a flood, so the Health Department has posted information on their website to help homeowners identify when their water may be unsafe and what to do to disinfect their water supply.  

Alicia M. Thompson, Health Officer, reminds community members that “hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to protect your health and the health of everyone in your household when before, during and cleaning up after a flood. For this you will need safe water.” 

If you suspect your water may be contaminated, do not use it for drinking, cooking or washing your hands until you have been able to disinfect your water source.