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Keep safe during flood clean up

7 December 2021


Residents of areas recently impacted by flooding are reminded to be mindful of their personal safety as clean-up efforts get underway.

Dr Liam Flynn from the Darling Downs Public Health Unit said there were several things people could do to ensure their safety when in and around flood waters.

“Firstly, my thoughts go out to the many people across our region whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this current flooding event,” Dr Flynn said.

“As the water recedes in some areas, unfortunately the danger has not passed. Floodwaters can be contaminated with all sorts of nasty things which can make people unwell. As well as the associated dangers of fallen power lines, and damaged infrastructure.

“However, by following a few easy guidelines your clean up shouldn’t be complicated by an unwanted illness or injury.”

Keeping well after a flood event

  • Wear appropriate clothing like closed-in shoes or boots and gloves when in contact with floodwaters
  • Cover cuts or abrasions to ensure dirty water doesn’t cause an infection. If you get a cut or injured, disinfect the wounds, and cover immediately with waterproof dressings
  • Disinfect all surfaces, including kitchen cutlery or utensils, that have come into contact with floodwater with household bleach or hot soapy water
  • Always wash your hands with soap and clean water before eating or drinking
  • Remove any items from your yard that could be a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes and wear insect repellent when outdoors

Food guidelines

  • Throw out any food that has been in floodwater
  • Throw out any fresh food that has been unrefrigerated for more than four hours
  • If power has been cut off for more than 24 hours throw out the food in the freezer
  • If in doubt throw it out.

You may be eligible for Emergency Hardship Assistance grants.

Visit www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au or phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for more information.


Last updated: 7 December 2021