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June 2, 2017

Oswego County Flooding Update -
Oswego County Health Department Offers Tetanus Shots at No Cost to Flood Victims

OSWEGO COUNTY - Several Oswego County and local agencies are continuing to monitor flooding conditions and offer assistance to residents along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The Oswego County Health Department is offering Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine at no cost to Oswego County residents who have been affected by the high water levels.

Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director, said floodwater may contain infectious organisms that can cause intestinal illness, hepatitis, tetanus and other diseases.

"Most cases of sickness associated with flood conditions are brought about by ingesting contaminated food or water," said Huang. "Tetanus, however, can be acquired from contaminated soil or water entering broken areas of the skin, such as cuts or abrasions. Tetanus is an infectious disease that affects the nervous system and causes severe muscle spasms, known as lockjaw."

For an appointment to receive the Tdap vaccine, call the Oswego County Health Department Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 315-349-3547.

Sand Bags Distribution -

Residents may continue to pick up filled sandbags at the NYS DOT facility on Route 104 in Maple View until 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. The facility in Maple View currently has approximately 28,000 filled sandbags ready for distribution, and will be open for residents and town highway departments over the weekend.

"The National Guard and New York State Department of Transportation have been outstanding partners for the past month or so, and we deeply appreciate their support - as well as all of our local highway departments -- to get information and sandbags out to the lakeshore residents and businesses that have needed them," said Dale Currier, Oswego County Emergency Management Director.

"The National Guard stopped filling sandbags June 1 at Maple View and have been redeployed to areas with greater need for their support. The DOT will continue to monitor the stock level at Maple View along with the local demand. If needed the National Guard resource can be requested to return."

Town highway departments will continue to have sandbags available until further notice.

Free Water Tests -

The Oswego County Health Department continues to provide free coliform bacteria sampling to flood victims. Testing kits may be picked up at the department's Environmental Health Division, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, or mailed upon request. The water sample must be delivered to the health department the same day the sample is taken. Samples are accepted Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Samples are not accepted on a holiday or the day before a holiday. No written test results are provided.

For more information about the testing process or to request a bacteria sampling kit, call the Environmental Health Division weekdays at (315) 349-3557 or healthdept@oswegocounty.com.

Protective Masks -

Flood victims are also advised to wear an N95 disposable mask to protect themselves from mold and dust when working in flood-impacted buildings.

The Oswego County Health Department has delivered a supply of disposable safety masks to town clerks in Sandy Creek, Richland, Mexico, New Haven, Scriba and Oswego. N95 masks are also available by contacting the Environmental Division of the health department. Although the N95 mask resembles a paper dust mask, officials caution that the paper dust mask offers much less protection.

Sea Grant - Cornell Partner on Survey -

New York Sea Grant has awarded a grant to Cornell University to develop and conduct a standardized high water impact survey in the areas along southern and eastern Lake Ontario.

The project will provide a standardized method to collect data on the impacts of high water levels on waterfront properties. The information will be used to identify areas that are most vulnerable to high water levels in the future and to inform future community flood risk planning.

The survey will be made available through municipality email lists and New York Sea Grant social media to property owners in communities along southern and eastern Lake Ontario. Survey responses will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2017.

Anyone interested in taking the survey may access it at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RNKD5WAM0hz3U1 or contact Mary Austerman at 315-331-8415 or mp357@cornell.edu.

Helpful Links -

Several resources for flood recovery information, clean-up and home repairs are posted on the Oswego County government website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/. Governor Cuomo's announcement on state funds to help flood victims is posted at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-7-million-available-homeowners-impacted-flooding-lake-ontario-and-st


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