SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The aftermath of Hurricane Ian is still prevalent across parts of Seminole County.
Nearly a month later, residents that are still dealing with flood water in Geneva have a new problem to worry about: E. coli.
Seminole County leaders have detected dozens of samples in the water there.
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This is just one issue on top of so many others for homeowners off Jungle Road.
Despite floodwaters receding, residents are still facing serious health issues.
“It includes bad smell, bad look, lots of reality that septic system are probably getting into the water,” said homeowner Glen Casel. “Not to mention the fish kill.”
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Out of 216 water samples tested from 109 homes, E. coli has been detected in about 22% of the samples.
If ingested, the bacteria could cause harm to your intestines, and in extremely rare cases could lead to kidney failure.
The Health Department is asking people to take precautions by continuing to drink bottled water and boil water for at least one minute.
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Casel already knew his water system was contaminated, so he’s not taking any chances.
“I’m drinking water from somewhere else, that’s for sure,” Casel added.
For those who do suspect their water is contaminated, they can call the Citizen’s Information hotline or the Department of Health.
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“It’s life on the river,” Casel said. “There are a whole lot of days that it’s wonderful out here. It’s a beautiful place to live. This last month - probably not on that list.”
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