BREAKING WEATHER

WIND ADVISORY now and a FREEZE WATCH Sunday

Due to a strong north wind around 20-30 miles per hour, a WIND ADVISORY has been issued through early Saturday afternoon.

The winds will push in very cold air and freezing cold temps are possible for parts of the WEAR-TV area. Inland areas are under a FREEZE WATCH Sunday moring from 1am to 8am. Some WEAR-TV inland places could drop to, or close to, the freezing mark.

Breaking Weather Map #1
Breaking Weather Map #2
Breaking Weather Map #3
Breaking Weather Map #4

HEALTH ALERT: Escambia officials conduct air quality test after complaints of sickness

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014, 12:04 PM CDT
HEALTH ALERT: Escambia officials conduct air quality test after complaints of sickness story image


ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – At least two months of complaints
and now the Florida Health Department says those complaints may be valid.



Escambia officials conducted an air quality test outside the
Wedgewood Community Center Tuesday morning, after several people in the
neighborhood have come to the county complaining of getting sick.



Residents blame their health problems on the Rolling Hills
Construction and Demolition Landfill, nearby the community center.



Dr. John Lanza with the Health Department says Tuesday’s
health alert comes from elevated levels of Hydrogen Sulfide.  He says they are four times higher than
normal.



“I think the issue here is associated with drywall and the
breakdown with drywall,” Lanza said. “There was a lot of damage to homes and
businesses during the April flood, and I suspect a lot of the drywall ended up
the local landfill. When that gets wet and starts to decay it releases hydrogen
sulfide



Hydrogen Sulfide is a poisonous gas.  It is a colorless gas that often smells like
rotten eggs.



It can have no detectable smell in low concentrations, but
it can still have negative health effects.



Lanza says it can cause respiratory symptoms such as eye,
nose, and throat irritation in some individuals, especially for people with
asthma or respiratory problems.



Coquanda Jones, a Wedgewood mother, says the health alert
will make it difficult for her and her kids.



“I’m concerned about my son, and we were talking earlier
about the asthmatic and my son is asthmatic and he loves the outdoors,” she
said.



The Health Alert is impacting the summer enrichment program
at the Wedgwood Community Center.  Mothers
picked up their kids from the program late Tuesday afternoon and were told
outdoor activities will be off limits for the time being.



“I’m going to keep her in camp,” said Deloris Bedgood, a
mother with a child in the program. “It’s a good learning program for her, but
as far as the odor, it’s pretty bad.”



Jones hopes it the alert will be lifted soon.



“It’s kind of a damper, so I would like to see it resolved
quickly,” she said.



The county has given the data to the state and to owners of
the Landfill Pit.  They’ve asked the
owners to find a solution to the problem.



HEALTH ALERT: Escambia officials conduct air quality test after complaints of sickness
comments powered by Disqus

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
NeuroMicrospine  - Neurosurgery  - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
advertisement
advertisement