What is in the Flood Waters Left by Superstorm Sandy?

Dr. Richard Besser explains what exactly is in flood waters and how to stay safe.
3:00 | 10/30/12

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Brought the desk with another doctor. Want to get more safety tips. You see the big jug of floating water. You don't drink it. This is floodwater from here in new york city. When that floodwater comes into your home, you have to worry about what does it bring in with you? Animal waste, human waste. When it mixes with things in your basement. You could be storing chemicals, cleaning supplies. When you have a couple of feet of water in your basement, there could be sharp objects. When you're dealing with flooding like this, you have to be careful with the tap water, as well. You may be hearing there's a boiled water advisory. And if you've stored water, great. If you hadn't, for a boiled water advisory, boil your water for one point. If the floodwater comes into your house, you shouldn't go in I wouldn't do it right away. You want to have good light to see what you're doing. When you're cleaning that water, you don't want it to come in contact. Ar glads and gloves and googles. Don't rush into that water, there may also be electrical problems. When you have able to go and start cleaning, how should you do it? You want to be careful of food and water jugs that came into contact with that water. The one expectation is if you have canned goods that are scored in the floodwater. You can take those labels off and rinse with a bleach solution. But any food or water that's come in a contact with the steeled floodwaters. It's hard if you have a bag that's sealed or a jar, to really clean around the jar top. Only the canned goods are the ones you can get away with. Coming up, the latest on sapd di's path destruction.

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