City of Albany residents advised to avoid floodwater over contamination risk

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Flooding in Elleker.
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The City of Albany has warned residents to avoid contact with potentially contaminated floodwater after Sunday’s storms.

The City issued a statement yesterday advising pooled floodwater could be contaminated with wastewater.

All floodwater should be assumed to be contaminated, the City said.

Residents have been urged to obey road closures and warning signs around water to reduce their risks. As a precaution, people should not swim, fish or recreate in any potentially affected waters, especially if it is discoloured or there are warning signs in the area.

If residents spot any access chambers or manholes that are dislodged or discharging water, they are advised not to approach and report the potential hazard to the Water Corporation.

Anyone exposed to floodwater should wash their hands before eating, immediately wash and disinfect any wounds that have come into contact with the water, and wash dirty clothes separately.

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