CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - Laboratory tests on flood water samples from three Rhode Islandneighborhood revealed the presence of dangerous E. colibacteria.
Eyewitness News was concerned about the health threats posed byall the standing water across our state, so on Thursday, wecollected samples in sterile containers and submitted them to theBAL Labs in Cranston.
On Friday, the samples all tested positive for E. coli, or fecalcoliform bacteria.
"It's no surprise," says Bob Thompson, whose mother lives onFordson Street in Cranston; one of the neighborhoods where thesamples were collected.
"There's germs everywhere. You've just got to deal with it."
The other samples were taken from the Warwick Mall, and fromthe 900-block of Pontiac Avenue in Cranston.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli can causediarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness andpneumonia, and other illnesses
"It is gross to think about," says a woman who lives on FordsonStreet resident.
"We have to be really careful because we know we could getreally sick from it."
Katie Thompson says her family is taking extra precautions asthey clean-up her grandmother's flooded home in the sameneighborhood.
"We're just trying to be careful, washing our hands as much aswe can, throwing out all the food, all the things that have gottenin with the water."
The Rhode Island Department of Health advises anyone to avoidflood waters when possible.
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