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With Heavy Rains, Bay County Residents Urged To Take Precautions To Avoid Illnesses

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Reza Shayestehpour

With the heavy rains these past few days, Bay County health officials are urging residents to take proper precautions to prevent illnesses during and after flooding. That includes not allowing children to play in flood waters since it could be contaminated by sewage. Health Department spokeswoman Heather Kretzer says there’s also a tip for private well owners.

“For people who own wells, you want to make sure your well does not end up being contaminated if there’s flood waters near your well,” she said. “So, what you would want to do as a precaution if it is flooded, is to use bottled water or you could boil your water and hold it at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, bathing, or cooking.”

Officials are also encouraging residents to remember that when the rain subsides, to drain and cover—meaning DRAIN standing water and COVER your skin with clothing and repellent to protect yourselves from mosquitoes. There are currently two human cases of the West Nile Virus in Bay County.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.