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Suwannee County health officials concerned about tainted wells from flood water

By on July 10th, 2012

As each day passes various disaster relief teams are able to move into areas most impacted by flooding issues from Tropical Storm Debby.  As flood waters recede many homes need material removed such as ruined dry wall and mud.  Meanwhile, many personal wells have been tainted by septic tanks from flood waters.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with an administrator with the Suwannee County Health Department, Pamela Blackmon about the current situation there.

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