After the Storm

As feared, North Carolina flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence killed dozens and threatened the water supply with overflowing coal ash ponds, lagoons full of livestock waste, and raw sewage.
 
Now comes the tricky task of testing and cleaning up, says Rachel Noble, a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill microbiologist. Her team is tracking potentially threatening bacteria and viruses coursing through the state's water system.
 
She highlighted the importance of improving the ability to respond to microbial and chemical contaminants before the next Florence—expanding the ways that municipal water systems are sealed or protected from flood waters, and processing industrial and hog waste, for example.

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