Otero County Health Department
Avoid contact with potentially contaminated flood waters Many contaminants such as raw sewage, as well as potential releases of chemicals from homes, businesses and industry, may be contained in floodwaters. The department encourages people to stay out of the water as much as possible. If people must be in contact with floodwaters, they should wash frequently with warm water and soap. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission reports many oil and gas locations have been affected by the flood. The department is working with the commission, local authorities and operators to assess risks and, where necessary, provide environmental response and remediation. Safe drinking water/”boil advisories” The state's safe drinking water regulations ensure drinking water systems must meet standards to provide safe drinking water to their customers. "Boil water advisories" remain in place for the following community water systems: Firestone, Frederick, Left Hand Water District, Lyons and Mountain Meadow (Allenspark). Infections/illness Widespread outbreaks of infectious disease after floods are not common in the United States. However, people with three or more days of diarrhea, any bloody diarrhea, diarrhea plus a fever, or other health concerns, should contact their health care provider. Although no specific vaccinations are recommended for flood events, the department recommends people keep their vaccinations up to date. By staying up to date with vaccinations, everyone is better prepared for emergencies. People should follow routine recommendations for tetanus. A tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster is recommended for all adults every 10 years. A tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster should replace one regular Td dose to provide pertussis protection. Children should have completed their recommended diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) doses of four shots between 2 months and 18 months of age, and booster shots at 4 to 6 years of age and 11 to 12 years of age. Any adult who has not had the primary series of Td doses should complete the series.