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Air Quality Flood Preparation

September 23, 2016

Linn County Public Health’s Air & Water Quality Branch (LCPH A&WQB) would like to share some important information as the community prepares for flooding. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns pre- or post-flood. Provided below is information that may be helpful as preparations are made.

Provided in a link below are variance guidelines for facilities that bring in temporary stationary internal combustion engines rated greater than or equal to 400 brake horsepower (298 kW) due to flooding. Please review the attached document.

The Air Quality Branch is available during office hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at: 319-892-6000.  If you need air quality assistance after hours, please call the LCPH On Call Officer at: 319-892-6050 (preferred) or Shane Dodge, Air & Water Quality Supervisor, at: 319-929-5784.

If your facility is in the predicted flood zone, relocate air quality records to higher ground or to a remote location. Records should be stored on-site or in an accessible location once the facility resumes operation post-flood.

When using combustion engines such as generators, remember to keep the engines outside and locate the units away from air intake vents, open windows, or doors. Combustion engines produce carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless, and toxic gas. CO can cause illness or death. Symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, fatigue and death.  More information about Carbon Monoxide is available at:,,

Additional information about flood preparation and recovery for home and business is available at: efforts are being coordinated by United Way. Call 2-1-1 to request volunteer help. 

Stay safe and contact the A&WQB with questions or concerns.  


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