Sandy’s Damage Also Includes Health Dangers

Contaminated water, questionable food and toxic mold are just some of the health problems left by Hurricane Sandy’s trail of destruction along the East Coast. Public health officials told National Public Radio that residents in areas devastated by the superstorm face several risks, not the least of which is polluted floodwater. Water that filled people’s basements and garages could contain a nasty mix of chemicals, pesticides, paint, gasoline and all the other things that people typically store in those areas, …

Wake of the Flood

It has been hard the past week to avoid images of flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana, as the Mississippi River, gorged on rainfall from points north, threatened to leap the levees and consume New Orleans in 25 feet (!) of water. Officials, seeking a lesser evil, opted to open the Morganza Spillway and flood thousands of acres of cropland and – yes – residential areas. Which brings us to today’s point: You never know when a natural disaster might upend …

Today’s Home Safety Tip!

We told you last week that June is Home Safety Month – and here is today’s tip from AARP.org. This one might be particularly of interest to remember because of the unpredictable weather that this year has brought already. Did you know flooding can cause indoor air quality problems in your home long after floodwaters have receded? Many of you have probably dealt with the dreaded basement flooding during a bad rain storm, and this year has seen so many …