Flooding can occur at any time of year, and can be isolated or widespread. This page contains resources for community flood response. For any questions related to the content of this webpage or flood-related issues, please contact: Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6000 or by email.
For additional resources related to food safety, response and recovery, and air and water quality procedures during and following the flood please click on the links below:
Homeowners returning to their homes after flood waters have receded are often anxious to use the water for cleaning and bathing purposes. Please remember that flooding can present challenges that can keep your well from providing safe, potable water for you and your family. Water that is supplied by a water well that has been influenced by a flood may present special health risks which require extra precautions to protect the health of you and your family. For more information: Private Well Flooding Guidelines (PDF)
Injuries in Flood Water
Individuals injured while working in flood water are at an increased risk for tetanus infection. Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that can get into the body through broken skin, typically through injuries from contaminated objects. Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. Individuals do not need a tetanus booster due to being exposed to flood water.
Residents who are injured in flood water and received a tetanus vaccine more than five years ago should seek proper medical treatment and have their tetanus immunization status reviewed. Vaccinations are available at Linn County Public Health. Please call 319-892-6093 for questions or to schedule an appointment.