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High Levels of Benzene Found in Texas After Hurricane Harvey

EPA is warning Houston residents to wear breathing masks to protect against molds and benzene emissions left over from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston residents trying to return to flooded homes after Hurricane Harvey should wear breathing masks to protect against molds and the carcinogen benzene from the city’s sewers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

September 11, 2017 – After surviving the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and heavy flooding that left thousands of Texas homes inundated, families attempting to get their lives back to normal are facing a new series of threats.

More than 450,000 Texas residents are still either without water or need to boil their water to prevent illness, according to The New York Times. Affected areas include parts of Houston, where flood waters have not completely receded nearly 2 weeks after the hurricane touched down on the city.

Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said residents should wear breathing masks and even consider getting their Tetanus shots updated because the city’s sewage system had flooded and leaked. Pena explained that when the streets finally dry out, the bacteria from the sewage will become airborne, creating a breathing hazard. He also said that residents will need to watch for snakes, alligators, rodents and spiders, which could be lurking inside their homes.

EPA said on Saturday that 40 of 1,219 wastewater treatment plants were inoperable, and 52 drinking water systems were not working properly. A spokesperson from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said about 70,000 people were without water because their drinking water systems were inoperable.

According to the TCEQ, around 380,000 Texas residents are still under a boil water notice because an additional 161 drinking water systems were contaminated. A total of 2,238 drinking water systems were affected by Hurricane Harvey, the agencies said. At least 101 systems still being assessed, or their condition is just not known.

Do I Have a Benzene Lawsuit?

The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in benzene lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were harmed after being exposed to benzene, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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