Friday, September 9, 2011

Health fears over toxic floodwaters as death toll rises to five and 130,000 people are forced to evacuate across three states - 9th Sept 2011

Floodwaters from the remnants of Lee and Irene have become tainted with sewage and other toxins and are threatening public health in parts of the north east.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett warned of the dangers of coming into contact with raw sewage.
He said: 'We face a public health emergency because sewage treatment plants are underwater and no longer working.

'Flood water is toxic and polluted. If you don't have to be in it, keep out.'

'We're worried about people even getting near the water.'

He spoke as relentless rain caused catastrophic flooding from Maryland to New England, killing at least five people and forcing the evacuation of more than 130,000 in three states.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee swamped homes and dropped up to a foot of rain outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which declared a state of emergency. Read More