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Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater
ABC News ^ | October 31, 2012 | ABC News

Posted on 11/01/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body.

ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform.

“Very dangerous,” Besser said. “Make sure you wear protective gear if you are coming into contact with flood water.”

Looking at the testing containers filled with Manhattan floodwater, Besser explained that the yellow glow indicated that coliform bacteria was present at high levels. The purple fluorescence tells us that there are sky-high levels of E. coli from sewage contamination.

Today, he went to Piermont, N.Y., an area hit so hard by the hurricane that it’s under a boil water advisory, meaning residents are instructed not to drink tap water without first boiling it or purifying it with bleach.

When a power outage knocked out one of Piermont’s water pumps, officials were concerned about tap water contamination. The water company tested water from a hydrant, which initially ran brown, but eventually cleared.

Besser tested the hydrant water as well, and smelt chlorine in it, which helps protect it from bacteria.

He also collected tap water from a family’s home faucet and expects to review the lab results tomorrow which will indicate whether the family’s water was contaminated. Several families in the neighborhood are already boiling their water as a precaution.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bacteria; disease; flooding; gasoline; health; manhattan; nyc; piermont; preparedness; preppers; prepping; sandy; sewage

1 posted on 11/01/2012 8:11:20 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Kartographer

PING!


2 posted on 11/01/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I thought Mr. Appearing Presidential fixed all of this yesterday. I just saw a news “teaser” from NY with a woman screaming that they were cold and hungry and that they had been abandoned and were all going to die. I wonder why Barry always heads out to Vegas when people are dying. That’s weird.


3 posted on 11/01/2012 8:16:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama bin Laden is dead, Chrysler moved to Italy and China.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I guess this comes as a surprise?


4 posted on 11/01/2012 8:19:02 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Turns out journalists are as knowledgable about water as they are about firearms. All water out of a hydrant runs brown until it's flushed. Something about water sitting in a cast-iron fixture/cast-iron pipes. Duh.

Something the J-school grad didn't mention is that boiled water tastes flat.

To help fix that, you can pour it between a couple of containers to aereate it and cool it at the same time. Tastes much better and is more palatable to children.

/johnny

5 posted on 11/01/2012 8:20:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s only a partial listing of what can be found in NYC floodwaters.


6 posted on 11/01/2012 8:22:16 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That shouldn’t surprise anyone.


7 posted on 11/01/2012 8:26:05 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

More surprising than the fact that flood water is nasty is that any people can be found who expect it to be drinkable.

Such people should not be allowed to drive or carry anything sharp.


8 posted on 11/01/2012 8:29:55 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
and smelt chlorine in it

What the hell is this?

Is that different from regular old chlorine? I know if you leave smelt laying around it will develop an ammonia odor...but chlorine?

9 posted on 11/01/2012 8:33:37 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: lurk
Such people should not be allowed to drive or carry anything sharp.

Low information voters.
10 posted on 11/01/2012 8:38:34 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m gonna make a guess all of that was there Before sandy. Their just ‘noticing’ it now. Seriously .


11 posted on 11/01/2012 8:44:50 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How can you boil water if your power is out? What if all the supplies you prepared were washed away in the surge?


12 posted on 11/01/2012 8:45:27 PM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)


13 posted on 11/01/2012 8:48:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Ah smelt that there klurreen in that there water . . .


14 posted on 11/01/2012 8:54:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Toxic Soup” ping!


15 posted on 11/01/2012 8:58:20 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And this is news because? These contaminants are ALWAYS found in flood waters and their residue.


16 posted on 11/01/2012 9:08:32 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe some lemonade made using this water and given to the MSM would serve them right.


17 posted on 11/01/2012 9:10:12 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m surprised that’s all they found. Given that the flood entered places in the city that haven’t seen water or sunlight in years if ever (subway and road tunnels among others) I would have expected all kinds of contaminants, like diesel soot, heavy metals, PCBs, asbestos etc etc.


18 posted on 11/01/2012 9:36:38 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

More reason to stay home rather than getting out in it.


19 posted on 11/01/2012 9:43:02 PM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: arasina

Berkey water filters.. not selling... just saying.

No personal interest but LOVE mine.


20 posted on 11/01/2012 9:58:42 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"The purple fluorescence tells us that there are sky-high levels of E. coli from sewage contamination. "

I thought gasoline was purple. Is it?

During my flood, the fire dept was looking for a rainbow on the water for fuel.

A neighbor stopped by today. We discussed Sandy's flooding and damage. He was disgusted that there was sewage and gasoline in the flood waters. Sigh... I had to remind him of the ingredients of our 2011 flood: Water, mud, gas, fish, fuel, diesel, sewage, road kill, trees, manure, mud, livestock, asbestos, fertilizer, PVC, lead, asphalt... to sum it up, our water was more abundant with ingredients. At least Sandy brought salt which is a disinfectant.

The salt content of the floodwater must be freaking out Bloomberg.

Oh, we did have to get tetanus shots. I don't know what was in it, it hurt for a week. I was convinced I was chipped. LOL.

21 posted on 11/01/2012 10:32:25 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: bigbob

How would they know? Heck, every time I’ve been in Nuevo York it smelled just like that.


22 posted on 11/01/2012 10:45:24 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: bgill
More reason to stay home rather than getting out in it.

If you have a home to stay in . . .

Inside the Chaos of Breezy Point, N.Y.

23 posted on 11/02/2012 12:23:47 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Gasoline, light it up and burn out the problem.


24 posted on 11/02/2012 4:44:50 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: arasina
How can you boil water if your power is out? What if all the supplies you prepared were washed away in the surge?

Living in Florida during three years with 10+ day power outages, we developed a routine for making gas supplies last when using a generator. Also, we had tons of camping supplies and multiple means of cooking and stuff. We always had cold milk and hot coffee.

OTOH, you bring up a good point because most of these folks have NEVER dealt with anything like this. It's not likely they have access to the supplies we built up in preparation for years. They didn't build up a several day supply of survival goods to see them through an event like this. They are at the mercy of their neighbors or the local government.

And if it's the latter, this will turn very ugly very fast.

25 posted on 11/02/2012 5:00:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“and on that bombshell...Goodnight!”


26 posted on 11/02/2012 11:00:43 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend)
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