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Flood victims face health risks

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Not only has this flood left people with damaged possessions and homes, but now many have to worry about how this flood will affect their health.

"My birthday was last Sunday," says Zsolt Varga.

It is the same Sunday, high waters hit Zsolt Varga's home in the Farmers community of Rowan County, where Varga spent the last 15 years. But after this recent flood, it won't be his home any longer.

As Varga walks 27 NEWSFIRST through his home, the puddles in his carpet and the mold lining his ceiling couldn't be ignored.

Health officials say the greater concern is the health risks those like Varga face following the floods.

"Probably the two biggest issues is mold and then food and water safety," says Mike Mattox, the spokesperson for Gateway Health Department.

Mold and water quality are big concerns. All of Rowan County still remains under a boil water advisory for an indefinite period of time.

Through it all, some are trying to salvage what they can, while others are ready to just walk away.

"It's not worth saving," says Varga.

Rowan County officials are warning people to not come in contact with the Licking River and Triplett Creek due to potential contamination.


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