MDEQ: Businesses need to prepare for flood

by For the MBJ

Published: May 5,2011

Tags: disaster, disaster preparedness, environment, flloding, flood, severe weather, state government

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As a result of flooding forecasts and rising water levels for the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is advising Mississippians to think about possible environmental issues that can result if flooding reaches their homes, farms and businesses.

“The release of oil, gasoline, or chemicals into floodwaters can be a safety hazard, and we are asking homeowners and businesses to take some simple precautions during flood preparations. A few simple measures will save homeowners and businesses money while protecting our waters,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director.

MDEQ recommends that tanks such as propane, gas or diesel be strapped, that chemicals in containers be secured and household hazardous chemicals such as paints, solvents and pesticides be placed out of harm’s way.

These recommendations are applicable to small businesses, residences, farms, hunting camps and other buildings near possible floodwaters.

Source: MDEQ

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