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Province warns flooding could contaminate water wells

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Overland flooding could contaminate water wells, and damage to homes caused by spring run-off may not be covered by home insurance policies, the province warned today.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a general boil-water advisory for any Manitobans with wells affected by overland flooding or spring run-off.

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People should either boil their water before using it or find alternative supplies of drinking water until flooding subsides and water-quality test results are satisfactory, the province said in a press release.

 Water from flood-affected wells should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute prior to use for drinking and ice making, preparing beverages such as infant formula,  preparing food, and brushing teeth.

It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes such as showering, laundry, bathing or washing dishes.  For further information on wells and water testing,  call 204-945-5762 or visit  www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cmoh/water.html.

In addition to the well-water alert, the province reminded homeowners their insurance policies may not cover overland flooding.

The province’s Financial Institutions Regulation Branch issued a press release urging homeowners to educate themselves on the details of their property insurance with the assistance of their agent, broker or insurer.

In most instances, insurance policies do not cover overland flooding.  Even in communities not directly affected by flooding, homeowners may be surprised to discover they do not have sewer backup coverage.  In most cases, this coverage can be purchased as a rider on a property insurance policy, the province said.
 

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