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Marine Fisheries - nr-77-2016 Floodwaters

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Erin Bryan-Millush / J.D. Potts
Date:  Oct. 19, 2016
Phone: 252-726-6827 exts. 8153 / 8154

State advises public to avoid contact with Hurricane Matthew floodwaters

MOREHEAD CITY — As floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew flow to the coast, state officials are recommending that the public avoid contact with waters of the Neuse, Pamlico and Cape Fear rivers and their tributaries.

Floodwaters often contain pollutants, such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, pet and wildlife feces, petroleum products, and other chemicals.

Those who come into contact with these waters have an increased risk of contamination and adverse health effects, such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and skin infections.

The public should avoid swimming or other activities that would involve coming into contact with these waters.  Hand washing is recommended when contact with floodwaters cannot be avoided.

The Recreational Water Quality Program in the Division of Marine Fisheries samples 204 sites at ocean and sound beaches weekly from April to October in accordance with federal and state laws. For more information about coastal recreational water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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