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Dangers hide in the water after a hurricane

Most of us know not to go in the water right after a hurricane because it is polluted with many things that can make you sick or injure you.

Now, 15 days after Ian hit Southwest Florida, some people are returning to business as usual, even going for a swim at the beach.

A lot of things can still hurt you in the water, including debris that can cut you. There are bacteria and sewage that can make you sick and cause infections too.

For a lot of people, a beach is a happy place. It is why many move to Southwest Florida, but Collier County health officials say it isn’t where you should be right now.

“Hurricane Ian brought heavy wind, heavy rain and floodwaters. This floodwater brings in bacteria, sewage, trash and debris,” said Kristine Hollingsworth, the public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Collier County.