posted on Sep, 6 2005 @ 02:52 PM
An unidentified city official in the New Orleans Mayor's office has said that the E. Coli bacteria has been detected in floodwaters.
The failures of the levee system after Hurricane Katrina's onslaught left about 80 percent of the city flooded with water up to 20 feet deep --
water that became a toxic mix of chemicals, garbage, corpses and human waste.
E. coli comes from human and animal waste and can be found in untreated sewage.
Drinking water contaminated with E. coli can lead to serious illness and death if not properly treated.
Authorities have warned it will take weeks to drain the water covering much of the city.
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I was affraid of this... I hope that the "clean up" can be done faster than is being predicted.
[edit on 6-9-2005 by elevatedone]
[edit on 9-9-2005 by asala]