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April 18, 2013

Public Health still without communications

Knoxville — Attempts to reach the landline phones of Marion County Public Health have been and will remain unsuccessful, as service to the building has been interrupted. 

As reported, Windstream had a line affected by water. This knocked out service for phone and Internet services to several customers in Knoxville, including Public Health. 

If you have an emergency concern regarding flooding or another environmental health issue, Environmental Health Director Cory Frank can be reached at (641) 891-6123. 

Frank shared the information below regarding flooding, boil orders, high water, etc. The Marion County Rural Water main break reported this morning, was found approximately 90 minutes ago. Frank said when water service is restored and the main is repaired, nearly the entire southeastern corner of Marion County will be under a boil order until further notice. Frank said the cause of the break was a landslide, which affected the distribution system. 

Here is the information shared with us, from Environmental Heatlh: 

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting After a Flood 
Follow these simple rules for cleaning and disinfecting items after flooding: 
1. Make sure the item is in good repair. Items that have been torn, splintered, cracked, broken, dented, etc. should be discarded and replaced. 
2. To clean small items soaked by flood waters that are porous (will absorb water) such as bedding, clothing, stuffed animals, etc. 
• Pre-soak items in cold water before machine washing to remove mud and filth. DO NOT pre-soak in your washer as it may cause damage. Curtains, blankets, accent rugs and other large items can be hung on a line and hosed down to remove mud and filth. 
• Use hot water and detergent when washing items. Be careful not to overload the washing machine. 
• Add 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach to wash water before adding clothes or other items, use ½ cup bleach for front loading washers. 

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