Safeguard waterways from fertilizer, pesticide contamination before floods hit, Virginia Tech professionals warn

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Potential floods from upcoming storms like Irma could become even more damaging.

That is if pesticides, fertilizers, or even household chemicals are not stored correctly.

Virginia Cooperative Extension agents are warning farmers to move their chemical products to higher ground or away from areas that could flood.

They could contaminate waterways if they come into contact even during small flash floods.

"If we're going to get wind, if we're going to get rain, if we're going to get any kind of weather then they're going to have to think about where they store it and what kind of condition is that storage building and can it stand 40 to 50 mile per hour winds," said Mike Weaver, the director of Virginia Tech's Pesticide Programs.

Professionals say it's best to have an emergency plan in place when building and installing large containers for the product.