Iowa Flood Tide Turns Noxious

Mix of sewage and chemicals poses danger to residents
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2008 7:48 AM CDT
From left, Logan Lanz, Troy Massner, Dave Lanz and Jerry Edle bring a propane tank in from a flooded Iowa cornfield in Oakville, Iowa, Monday, June 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – Iowa floodwaters have become a toxic mess of sewage, chemicals, diesel, and animal carcasses, the AP reports, pushing some Iowans attempting to salvage possessions to update tetanus shots. "It bothers me, with everything that's in the water," said one resident. "I probably won't keep anything." Meanwhile, some Iowa towns prepared for more flooding, piling sandbags on 27 levees that could overflow along the Mississippi River.

“It is very, very wise to stay out of it. It's as dangerous as anything,” said an emergency official. “If you drink this water and live, tell me about it. You have no idea.”