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Public Health Warning issued for flood area

A public health warning has been issued for areas in Lee County. A public health warning has been issued for areas in Lee County.
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

A public health warning has been issued for areas in Lee County near the Kinchafoonee Creek.

Health Department officials are urging residents to avoid using water from private wells impacted by floodwater.

According to Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner, Lee County residents who use private wells flooded by the rising floodwater are advised to take precautions against waterborne illnesses by avoiding drinking water from their wells until after the water recedes and the wells can be cleaned.

Tanner said residents on city water are not being affected, but those with private wells should monitor the rising water and be prepared to use bottled water in case of emergency. Water should not have to be boiled for other domestic activities; such as washing, laundry, or bathing.    

Information on cleaning private wells is available from the Lee County Health Department Environmental Health division. Instructions will be posted on the Southwest Georgia Public Health District Facebook page and their website here once waters begin to recede.

Residents are also  asked to listen to local media and emergency workers to remain informed on health and safety recommendations.

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