“Sediment from a receding flood may contain contaminants and should be handled with caution.”

Health and safety

As both flood-mud and used sandbags may contain bacteria and contaminants, care should be taken to wear appropriate protective gloves, eye protection,and clothing. Persons who work with flood mud or used sandbags should exercise good hygiene and wash their hands with soap and water when they are done working with these materials. For more information about disposal of flood sediments or used sandbags, phone the MPCA main office at 651-296-6300 or toll-free at 800-657-3864 or one of the regional MPCA offices:

Mankato: 507-389-5977
Marshall: 507-537-7146