On Thursday, April 18 at 3 PM, Ottawa County declared a State of Emergency
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management distributed approximately 36,000 sandbags to township and city officials who then gave them to residents. The County is interested in any photos of sandbags in use.
Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many roads remain flooded or closed throughout West Michigan and the conditions change quickly. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management is reminding residents to NEVER drive on roads covered in water. Roads may be washed out under the waters and the depth of the water is impossible to assess.
American Red Cross Clean-up Kits including a mop and other basic supplies are available for residents who experienced flooding. The American Red Cross will be distributing these kits from their emergency response vehicles as follows:
In order to gather a snapshot of area damage, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management asks residents to report property damage from flooding to their local township or city office. The County with gather this information for a larger damage assessment.
The Ottawa County Public Health Department is providing guidance to residents affected by recent flooding. Possible disease causing contaminants may be present in flood waters causing wells to become contaminated. Contact with flood waters may also be a health hazard.
Persons in contact with flood water should wash hands with soap and disinfected or boiled water before preparing or eating food; after toilet use; after participating in flood cleanup activities and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
Flood waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and agricultural and industrial by-products. Although skin contact with flood water does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is some risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with flood water. If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to flood water, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
In addition, parents need to help children avoid waterborne illness. Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with flood water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.
Do not drive through water over the roads or allow children to play in the flood waters.
Never touch a fallen power line and report them to the power company.
Persons in contact with flood water need to wash hands with soap and disinfectant or boil water before preparing or eating food; after toilet use; after participating in flood cleanup activities and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
Be cautious when re-entering your home:
First step is to call your insurance agent.
Turn off the electricity in affected areas from a dry location, if safe.
If you suspect a gas leak or smell gas, leave your home immediately and call the gas company.
Private wells need to be checked for signs of contamination. If your well has been submerged by flood waters, or is currently surrounded by flood waters, you must assume that the water sources are contaminated until proven safe.
Water quality test kits are available at ANY Ottawa County Health Department location.
Submerged septic systems will not operate properly.
Throw away any food that came into contact with flood waters.
- Wells, Septic Systems and Food Safety Information
- After Flood Clean Up and Mold Prevention Guidelines
- Well Disinfection
- List of Well Drillers
- MI Department of Environmental Quality Registered Water Well Drilling and Pump Installation Contractors
- MI Department of Environmental Quality Septage Haulers Directory
- Any other flood health concerns or questions, please call 616-393-5645 or visit http://www.miottawa.org/Health/OCHD/enviro.htm