SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Health officials are warning residents that flood water can be contaminated with disease-causing germs.
That's why Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says it's wise to take precautions around flood water.
Residents of flooded areas should use bottled or disinfected water for drinking, cooking, dish washing, tooth brushing and bathing until they're sure the water supply is safe.
It's a good idea to avoid touching flood water with exposed skin. Keep cuts and sores clean and covered around flood water.
People with private water wells that could be affected by flooding should contact their local health department for instructions on disinfecting and testing their water. People in counties without a local health department can contact the nearest Illinois Department of Public Health regional office.