Those people who have been affected by the flooding this week are being warned by Chief Medical Health Officer Eilish Cleary to beware of food and water contamination.
If you were flooded or your electrical power has been out for an extended period of time, perishable food, vacuum packed foods, home preserves, meat, fish and dairy products should be thrown out.
Canned foods with no leaks, swelling or rusting at the joints and edges can be saved but should be washed and dried.
Cooking and eating utensils should be cleaned.
Any appliances affected by flood water should be cleaned first with a detergent, rinsed, then washed with half a cup of bleach in nine litres of water and allowed to dry with the door open.