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Iron County Health Department distributes cleanup kits


June 21, 2018


HurleyIron County residents still, cleaning up from the weekends flooding can get kits from the Iron County Health Department to assist in their efforts.

“The Iron County Health Department urges residents who live or work near flooded areas to use caution during and after the flood event. Flood waters may be contaminated with raw sewage and debris not be visible on the surface,” Iron County Health Officer Katie Hampston said. “Once cleanup begins, be aware of food and water that may have been contaminated by flood water. Discard anything that may have been contaminated.”

The flood cleanup kits can be obtained by calling the health department at 175-561-2191 or Iron County Emergency Management at 715-292-9912 if it is after hours.

The health department is also cautioning residents about using wells if they have been submerged in flood water. Those with flooded wells should have them tested for coliform bacteria, which could indicate the water has been contaminated by outside sources. The health department also provides well water testing.

Residents shouldn’t drink water if it is cloudy, colored or if it smells bad.

Contaminated wells should also be tested again after they are disinfected to confirm the results.

Residents can also contact the department for more information on flood safety in general.

Michigan residents impacted by the flooding can contact the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department in Bessemer at 906-667-0200.


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