Staying healthy after flooding
It is important to understand how you can reduce your risk of injury, sickness or infection in the aftermath of floods and storms.
NSW Health has advice to help you reduce your risk of injury, sickness or infection in the aftermath of floods and storms:
- Understand how to stay healthy after floods. Floodwater and leftover debris may be contaminated with sewage and other hazards.
- Drinking water supplies can be affected by floods. If a 'boil water' alert has been issued in your area, follow it strictly to prevent illness.
- Take protective measures to avoid bites from mosquitoes and other pests and the risk of pest borne disease.
- Be aware of infectious diseases. Flood waters contaminated with sewage may carry a range of viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Visit NSW Health for more information on maintaining health during and after floods and storms.