September 9, 2011
After studying how pollutants travel in the wake of the flooding in New Orleans that followed after Hurricane Katrina, Texas Tech University toxicologists warns people to stay out of floodwaters.
Ron Kendall, director, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, (806) 885-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve Presley, associate professor, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, (806) 885-4567 or email@example.com
“We think floodwaters represent a significant threat for water damage and serious mold problems, but also for transfer and deposition of environmental chemicals and various toxic substances,” said Ron Kendall.
“Everyone’s garage and service stations and chemical plants are being flooded. So, pesticides, degreasers and cleaning agents can potentially float out into the environment. Those chemicals know no boundaries. Once they’re in the water, they go just about anywhere,” said Ron Kendall.
“We’ve learned from Katrina and New Orleans that in these serious flood events, the floodwater is very damaging, but then we also have to contend with black mold and toxic chemicals. The flooding in the Northeast is a bad situation,” said Steve Presley.