The Rare Norm a couple of months ago Share Tweet Pin Share As someone from a place that floods often (Houston), imagine a soup made of dust, dirt, oils, food, fecal matter, urine, grease, cleaning solution, & other misc. chemicals. Basically everything that winds up on the ground (both inside & outside) is something you’re now swimming in. In a normal body of water it either gets pushed down river or settles at the bottom; but with flooding it’s freshly stirred up. When it gets accidentally ingested or even absorbed through the skin it can lead to anything from mild sickness to death. So yeah, wading through it when you have to isn’t great, but swimming in it recreationally is about the dumbest thing you can do for your health.