Public health issues and stormwater flooding

Public health issues and stormwater flooding

Stormwater flooding incidents can pose public health issues due to the additional strain it places on wastewater systems.

Our Building Control Manager has come up with some helpful hints and tips for how you can keep you and your family safe when stormwater flooding occurs near your property:

  • Please keep your children out of the affected area. Children can be curious and want to splash through the puddles – please ensure that they do not.
  • People with cuts, grazes and abrasions should also take extra care to avoid affected areas due to risk of infection.
  • Do not go out outside in bare feet – wear gumboots if possible and long sleeve pants and avoid stepping through stormwater puddles if at all possible. If this is not possible, shower thoroughly after walking through affected areas.
  • Please keep pets indoors (or securely fenced away from affected areas) to ensure that they do not wander through stormwater flooding or drink from affected areas.
  • If the need arises to sandbag your property, please sandbag your gully traps first as this will offer the most protection to your household water and wastewater systems.
Summary: 
Stormwater flooding incidents can pose public health issues in some instances.