Reminder: Please don't play in the 'poopy' floodwater

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- With another round of drenching rains behind us, it's again a good time to be reminded that there's more in that floodwater than you might realize.

Last month the City of Virginia Beach took to Facebook to remind citizens "not to play in the poopy water," and that advice still holds true in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The Department of Public Health says that standing water after a heavy rainfall could contain a high levels of bacteria, such as animal feces.

Since the floodwater is not clear, there may also be chemicals and sharp objects submerged in the water. This is especially important to keep in mind after alarming video was posted to social media showing two men jumping in one of Norfolk's submerged underpasses:

This is incredibly dangerous and a serious health hazard.


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