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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Health and safety information roundup

Special Section: Health Issues During Flood Recovery -- includes videos, fact sheets and other helpful information for Iowans coping with flooding and recovery

General health and safety information related to the Iowa City flooding:

UI issues strong warning for onlookers: University of Iowa officials are strongly urging people who are not directly involved with volunteer efforts to avoid the Iowa River, particularly east of the river.

City of Iowa City issues curfew: City of Iowa City Mayor Regenia D. Bailey has issued a curfew restricting anyone except those authorized by law enforcement from being within 100 yards (the length of a football field) of any area affected by the flood between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. until further notice. 

Hygienic Lab offers tips on assessing floodwater health risks: Nancy Hall, a microbiologist with the University Hygienic Laboratory on the University of Campus, provides information about the health risks that may lurk in floodwaters in a recent interview with KXIC radio. (Transcript and audio files available)

Free water test kits available: Private well owners in Iowa’s 49 flood-ravaged counties may receive a helping hand from University Hygienic Laboratory with free water testing.