Just a pic on why flood water can be dangerous to walk in, why you should throw out any items that absorbed flood water, and never enter the water with open cuts (even a paper cut). Normally wastewater is in a closed system that flows directly to a treatment plant, but where there is extensive flooding (such as from a hurricane) the system can fail.
It’s not possible to tell from a picture, but the smell was intense, powerful, and left no doubt as to what was in that water.
This sanitary sewer cover has been lifted by water pressure and is pouring untreated sewage onto the flooded street, and sadly, into homes. Every time a toilet was flushed, the washing machine used, the dishwasher used, it flowed out here (yes, that’s toilet paper you see) –
The people that lived downstream of this had floodwater in their home, and sadly, lots of this sewage.
Today, several days later, the area is dry, the sewer cover is back where it belongs, and the entire area has a light brown/grey silt covering that stinks. The grass, the shrubs, the dirt on the side of the road, everything. As you pass by, you hold your breath.
The curbs are now lined with rugs, under pad, drywall, insulation, couches, mattresses, pillows, particle board furniture and cabinets, TV’s, stereos, washers, dryers, stoves, fridges, Truly, everything from your home up to 4 feet high, and in some homes, it reached to their second floor.