WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Much of the waters off the coast of North Carolina have been left contaminated and the state still has to check if these waters are safe for human contact.
- Despite warnings from various officials and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, members of the public still swim in the ocean.
- The aftermath of Hurricane Florence has a long list of concerns- disease, a jump in the mosquito population, and the still present threat of flooding.
Hurricane Florence may have moved on from the Carolinas, but it’s left behind a trail of destruction. Aside from wrecking homes, killing dozens, and causing floods, coastal waters have been polluted and contaminated with bacteria and viruses.
In response to this, the North Carolina Coastal Federation issued a warning to residents to stay out of coastal waters. Contaminants in the water could cause various medical issues including, infections, skin rashes, hepatitis, and respiratory issues.
Tod Miller, executive director of the federation, said that despite advisories from various officials, the public has not kept from swimming in the ocean.
“We feel it’s vital to let people know that the state has not yet tested any waters to determine if they are safe for human contact,” Miller said.
According to Gov. Roy Cooper, flooding has contributed to the increase of the mosquito population in North Carolina. This could lead to the spread of diseases like encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, and West Nile virus. Cooper has ordered $4 million to help fund mosquito control in counties that have been affected.
Aside from disease, illness, and parasites, flooding remains on the list of concerns. The Georgetown County, South Carolina, sits at the mouths of three rivers- the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee, and the Sampit. In the area where these three meet, thousands of residents were advised to evacuate ahead of historic flooding.