Amidst recent circulation on social media of videos depicting individuals playing in the floodwaters of Hurricane Hilary, one may be tempted to do the same given the opportunity.
However, the Florida Department of Health shared their "Emergency Information" webpage on Twitter today ahead of Idalia's landfall, linking to a fact sheet that strongly advises against any unnecessary contact with floodwaters.
The guidance emphasizes precautions for both during and after flooding for reasons including the risk of drowning and bacterial/viral contamination.
Flooded areas also carry a risk for electrocution.
The department's entire PDF on flood water safety is below:
For more information on flooding and hurricane safety in Florida, you can find the department's hurricane readiness webpage here.