LAKE CHARLES, La. — Louisiana residents in the Lake Charles region are advised to remain cautious about floodwater after Tropical Storm Barry.

Lake Charles and the surrounding parishes have an abundance of small, individual sewage systems such as those with septic tanks. Many of these have been inundated with floodwater that may be contaminated with sewage, bacteria and other dangerous substances. Floodwater also may conceal hidden dangers such as wildlife, exposed electrical wires or sharp objects.

If your community has experienced flooding, the safest course of action is to stay out of the water.

Media should call Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, regional medical director, at (337) 475-3227.