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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 9, 2007                             
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201

Residents reminded of electrical safety following flooding

PIERRE, S.D. – Electrical wiring and devices that have been submerged by flood waters must be inspected by an electrical contractor or electrician before being re-energized to ensure personal and property safety, advises the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. 

Flood water contains contaminants that may compromise the safe operation of electrical wiring and connected devices such as outlets and light switches. Operating electrical devices damaged by flooding carries the risk of electric shock and fire.

Home and business owners should contact an electrician for replacement of submerged devices, wiring and electric receptacles.

Controls on natural gas appliances such as water heaters and furnaces will also need to be replaced if submerged in flood waters.