Hazards may wait for Harvey survivors returning to their homes

Concerns arise over mold growing in homes and clean drinking water after the floodwaters recede.
1:23 | 08/31/17

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As the flooding slowly recedes, thousands of hurricane Harvey survivors are returning to homes in ruin. And from fears to concerns over the water, several new hazards may await. ABC's Eva pilgrim is in Pearland. Reporter: Tonight, with flood waters starting to recede, so many are anxious to salvage what's left. A small army of friends, neighbors, and even strangers marching in, sifting through these soggy homes. Just yesterday, these streets were rivers, now breeding grounds for mold and mildew which can grow just 24 to 48 hours after contact with water. You didn't want to wait? No, no waiting. No time to wait. Reporter: We caught up with Cindy Huber, who wasted no time gutting her home in Pearland. We got here and we were like, wow, what do we do? Where do we start? Reporter: Ripping out carpet, furniture and wet sheetrock, not much could be saved. It's messy and can be dangerous work. Tonight, the government is urging residents to take precautions during cleanup. Experts suggest wearing gloves, a mask, and eye protection. Working in dirty flood water. ABC news asked Dr. Terry gentry keep your shots up to date. We had another test water from a suburb of Houston, they found high levels of e.coli. That water so toxic. Thank you so much.

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