Friday, April 9, 2010

RI. homeowners concerned about contamination from flooding

April 9, 2010- As homeowners continue to cleanup after the historic flooding, there are new concerns about the health and safety of residents in water-logged areas. Jim Denice and his neighbors in Warwick and nearby Cranston noticed a smell as the floodwaters rose. “The odor was like, kind of hard to picture, but I’d say iodine. Some sort of a smell that really wasn’t familiar,“ Denice said.

State Rep. Joe McNamara, D-Warwick, grew up in the neighborhood. He suggested that anyone cleaning up after the flood should wear gloves, goggles and a protective mask. “There is a fear that residual chemicals from the Ciba-Geigy site, which is the equivalent of a federal Superfund site, are downstream from this area.“ McNamara said.


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