HONOLULU (KHON2) — Fall is the start to rainy season in Hawaii which means flooded roadways, downed power lines and trees can all happen in the next few months.
Floodwater can pose a drowning risk regardless of your ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can turn deadly and even shallow standing water can be extremely dangerous for small children.
Not only does flood water pose a drowning risk but it could contain things that harm one’s health.
According to the CDC, flood waters could contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury that leads to infection.
Floodwater can contain:
- Downed power lines
- Human and livestock waste
- Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
- Coal ash waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
- Other contaminants that can lead to illness
- Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris
- Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes
After a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster that causes large amounts of water in a region, it’s best to be careful to avoid electrical hazards both in your home and around you.
- Shut off electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks in your home to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
- NEVER touch a fallen power line. Call the power company to report fallen power lines. Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities.
- Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
- If you believe someone has been electrocuted, call or have someone else call 911 or emergency medical help.
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Flood water can also displace animals, reptiles and insects. It’s important to protect yourself and your family to be alert.