KFOX14 Cares: After the Storm
- Bugs invade the borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
- Bulldogs rally to help family who lost home to mud
- Socorro prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
- Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
- Gov. set to visit La Union to assess flood damage
- Recent rains leave prime mosquito breeding grounds around Borderland
- E. coli and viruses in floodwater
- Floodwater spreading disease to pets
- Water safe to drink in La Union
- El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
- La Union residents frustrated as no improvements planned for nearby dam
- El Paso Water Utilities working on I-10, central El Paso flooding issues
- Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
- Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
- Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
- Flood victims get help from a group of teens
- La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
- San Portales museum suffers damage after flooding
- Historic landmarks damaged from storms
- San Elizario families in need of help after floods
- Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
- Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
- Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
- Floods force San Eli families from homes
- Northeast flooding leads to road closures, stranded motorists
- West El Paso sees flooding on residential roads, residents concerned about drain maintenance
- La Union residents without water as officials fix water system
- San Elizario residents deal with damage from massive flooding
- Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
- Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
- Socorro mayor says they need National Guard help
- San Elizario cancels after school-activities
- Sinkhole growing larger in Socorro
- Socorro residents trapped in homes after arroyo breaks
- Arroyo breaks causing major flooding in Socorro
- Borderland braces for another round of heavy rain
- Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
- Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
- More work to be done on stormwater system after I-10 floods Wednesday morning
- Rain causes ceiling collapses in area shelter, apartment complex
- Crews repair water dam leak in central
- Rain causes overflow of Stormwater Pond in central El Paso
- Sinkhole closes Luna Street in Central El Paso
E. coli and viruses in floodwater
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso Department of Health is warning everyone to stay away from flood waters, saying it can cause serious illnesses.
This week, a number of people were caught swimming in floodwater at Album Park in east El Paso.
While some may be tempted to take a dip, the health department says -- don't.
"What looks like a beautiful pond, pristine, but I can guarantee you there's E. coli in there," said director Robert Resendes.
E. coli is a bacteria that causes serious gastric problems, and if a case is severe enough it can be deadly.
Resendes said E. coli is very common in parks where there are dog droppings.
"The rain comes (and) washes it into the pond," said Resendes.
E. coli isn't the only danger found in floodwaters, though. Resendes said there are also parasites and viruses in the water, including those viruses can cause hepatitis.
"Probably not a good idea to go swimming in there or ingesting any of this water," said Resendes.
Then there's drinking water. Resendes said people living within city limits shouldn't worry about anything. But for people living in El Paso County where residents depend on well water, it's a different story.
"If you have a well, chances are you have a septic system and when flooding takes place that septic system can overflow, go across the yard and contaminate the well," said Resendes.
Resendes urges anyone who has a well to get the water tested as soon as possible.
To find out where people can get their water tested visit: ephealth.com.