Severe flooding in Carbonville Saturday evening has created a wave of destruction in its path. Carbon County emergency management personnel have placed a boil advisory for residents in the Pillings Trailer Court and nearby areas beginning immediately.
According to Carbon County emergency management team member Angelia Crowther, flood waters caused several sewer and water line breaks, thus dispersing hazardous materials throughout the area. Contamination of mud, water and debris has officials concerned for the public’s health and residents have not been allowed back into their homes within the trailer court.
The health department and building inspectors conducted a preliminary sweep of the affected area on Sunday and are expected to return Monday to thoroughly study the area. In the meantime, residents are only allowed into their homes to retrieve personal belongings. Power remains off in the neighborhood and is expected to remain off for the next several days.
Volunteers have not been allowed into the area due to the possibility of biohazards in the air and on the ground.
Meanwhile, citizens who have not been evacuated and live on the outskirts of the trailer court are advised to boil water.
Anyone displaced by flooding may visit the Carbon County Event Center located at the fairgrounds. Here, food, clothing, supplies and a warm place to sleep are available for all affected by the recent disaster.