Health Department: Wells Flooded By Ida Should Be Tested

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Owners of private water wells that might have flooded during Hurricane Ida should have their water tested for contamination, the Louisiana Department of Health said Thursday.

The department said in a news release that the wells must be disinfected and thoroughly flushed, then a sample should be collected for analysis by the state Office of Public Health. While waiting for test results, water from the wells should not be drunk, the release said.

Supplies for sampling the water, along with instructions on disinfecting, flushing and collecting the sample can be picked up at a temporary laboratory the Office of Public Health has opened in Berwick.

Sampling supplies are also available by mail by calling 1-888-293-7020. Instructions for local drop off locations will be provided to residents who call.