Johnson County officials declare disaster emergency after second round of flooding

Michael Ronnebaum
August 23, 2017 - 6:42 am

Johnson County officials declared a disaster emergency Tuesday after heavy rain caused flash flood for the second time in a matter of weeks.

There were numerous reports of wastewater backing up into homes, said Sharon Watson, county spokeswoman. 

Seven to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of the county.

"There is a program through the Johnson County wastewater offices if the residents are in those areas," said Sharon Watson, county spokeswoman. "Individuals can reach out to ask for assistance if they are affected in that area."

Flood victims should use extra caution to avoid contamination when they clean up, said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. 

"You should keep children and pets out of that affected area until the cleanup has been completed," Marsh said.  

People should also wear rubber gloves and boots when they're dealing with contaminated water, and make sure to cover all wounds to avoid infection.

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