The Mobile County Health Department is warning Prichard area residents that standing water could be unsanitary after thousands of gallons of sewer water overflowed due to recent rain.

The area was experiencing a drought until December 2 and 3, when rains soaked much of the county. As a result, Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board reported sanitary sewer overflows in the following locations:

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“Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows,” the MCHD stated. “Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.”

Caution is also suggested in impacted waterways. Even seafood caught in the creeks must be cooked thoroughly before eating.

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