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As flood waters recede, new problems plague Lake Ontario homes

As flood waters recede, new problems plague Lake Ontario homes

People living along the shore of Lake Ontario in New Haven are starting to finally see some of the flooding recede, but now they're facing a new set of challenges the flooding leaves behind.

In addition to damaging property, residents have to also be aware of health concerns with the water too.

The Oswego County Health Department says to keep kids safe, tell them to avoid touching any dead animals nearby. Also, if their toys or stuffed animals have been in contact with the dirty water, throw them away or at least wash them out rigorously.

If you're cleaning up around your home, avoid open toed shoes and always use gloves to avoid infections.

Mold is a big concern after the water leaves. The EPA says to avoid working on it yourself and call in a professional. Also, while public water is secure and safe to drink, the county recommends well water be tested.

"Currently if you are in private water if you aren't sure if it's affected or not play it safe and either use bottled water or boil your water for more then two minutes," says Jiancheng Huang, Director of the Oswego County Health Department.

Huang also notes with summer coming up, mosquito season is just around the corner. With that in mind, it's important to remove as much standing water as possible once the water goes down to give those mosquitoes fewer areas to reproduce.

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