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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- With rain and thunderstorms a possibility in the forecast, Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District is warning us to avoid water that might contain sewage or contaminants.
MSD says when sewers overflow, water containing sewage can flow onto the ground, into drainage ditches, and into streams.
An e-mail alert from the utility says, "You are advised to avoid contact with the Ohio River, creeks, streams and drainage ditches, as they may contain sewage and stormwater runoff contaminants that could make you sick."
The alert continues, "If you, your family or your pets do come in contact with possibly contaminated water, wash it off with warm, soapy water, especially before handling food."
It also advises you not to fish, wade, or swim in outdoor waters while it's raining and for 48 hours afterwards.