Whatever happened to the lazy days of summer?
While parts of the U.S. are suffering another summer of drought, the Midwest is hoping to begin recovering from devastating floods. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and numerous county officials in the flood-ravaged communities have issued warnings about the dangers that lurk in the water and prohibited residents from returning to their homes (or what's left of them).
Fears are rising about West Nile Virus because infected mosquitoes have already been found. Tetanus and e-coli bacteria are other dangers, as floodwaters forced sewage and septic systems to overflow. Hazardous chemicals and other materials have also spilled into waterways. Even after the waters recede, there will be mold and other residual issues to deal with.
Read more and find tips for surviving a flood.
On another note: the Red Cross has had to borrow relief funds for the second time in its history and needs your help. Find how to donate
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