The White River at Edwardsport crested yesterday at 25.3′ and has already fallen a foot or more.
Even though the flood waters are receding, The Knox County EMA reminds residents of the health risks that are associated with flood waters.
Residents need to take steps to protect their health and safety. People should not drink floodwater, which could be contaminated with raw sewage, and should avoid getting floodwater in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Children should never swim or play in floodwaters.Untreated sanitary waste can end up in waterways and on streets when heavy rain overwhelms sewer systems and treatment plants. Wells and cisterns may also be affected. Wells that are located in a flooded area should be assumed to be contaminated. Health officials recommend people discontinue use of the well water until it can be inspected by a professional well contractor. Even when the water recedes, E. coli and other pathogens remain present in pools of standing water.
For more flood safety and sanitation recommendations, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website
As of today, the Wabash River is forecasted to crest Saturday afternoon at 27.5′. Sandbags are still available for pickup at the Knox County Highway Department.
The Knox County EMA asks that anyone interested in assisting individuals with the placement of sandbags at their home or business please call 211 (in Knox County) from 8:30am to 4:30 pm or 812-888-4043 at any time. You can give your name and contact information to the call center and you will placed on a volunteer list. If the need arises we will contact you with further information.