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Information for Flooding in New England (En Español)

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Flood Water Precautions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cautioning the public and all responders about the potential hazards associated with flood waters.

Every effort should be made to limit contact with flood water due to potentially elevated levels of contamination associated with raw sewage and other hazardous substances.

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Because of intensive rainfall in New England, many areas experienced flooding or risk of flooding depending on weather conditions and proximity to rivers, streams, the ocean, lakes, ponds or reservoirs. State and local response agencies remain the primary responders for people who are concerned or were affected by flooding. If you or your family are in immediate risk and concerned for your well-being, remember that calling 9-1-1 is the quickest way to get emergency help. EPA will update this information as needed.

ALERT: Generator exhaust is toxic. Put generators outside or carefully vent the exhaust outside because the exhaust contains dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas.

Avoid Contact Because Floodwaters May Contain Sewage

During heavy rains, sanitary sewers may overflow into floodwaters. Avoid contact with floodwater due to potential contamination with raw sewage and other hazardous substances. Avoid swimming and boating in floodwaters and do not allow children or pets to wade or play in floodwaters. More on sanitation and hygiene after a flood.

Drinking Water and Food

Flooding and Mold

For Water and Wastewater Facilities

Septic Systems

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