Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

After the Storm

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

After the Storm

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The Nassau County Health Department on Thursday advised residents who have experienced flood waters over their wells to boil their water.

The precautionary advisory came on the heels of the heavy rains and flooding caused by Hurricane Frances and ahead of the potential for additional rising water due to the effects of Hurricane Ivan.

Individuals under the boil water advisory should take precautions against contaminated water, particularly people with private wells. If a well has been covered with standing water, the water may contain disease-causing organisms and may not be safe to drink, according to the health department release.

If flood waters have reached your well, if you notice any change in the appearance or taste of your water, or even if you are unsure about the impact of flooding on the water quality in your area, health officials say you should boil all the water used for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and washing cuts or injuries. Be sure to cool the water first.

Water should be brought to a roiling boil for at least one minute. Aerating the water by pouring it several times from one container to another will help dispel the flat taste.

The Nassau County Health Department can test well water for bacterial contamination for those who have had flooding over their well.

To request a test or for more information, call the department's Environmental Health Division at 277-7284.


Hilliard will have a contractor collecting tree limbs and other yard debris beginning Monday.

Citizens within the town limits are advised to put the debris on the edge of the road, not in the ditch. Tree debris should be no longer than 5 feet. Smaller tree and yard debris should not be bagged.

For more information, call Hilliard Town Hall at 845-3555. …

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