Hurricane Ida aftermath leaves NY prisons with contaminated water

Inmates at two state prisons for women in Westchester County have said their water has been contaminated since the remnants of Hurricane Ida lashed the region, causing dozens to fall ill.

Prisoners at Bedford Hills, New York’s only maximum-security prison for women, and nearby Taconic Correctional Facility have been scrambling to access limited bottled water for two weeks since the storm hit, as local officials blamed the contamination on the town’s switch to a backup water source, according to NBC News.

“The morning after Hurricane Ida, the water possessed a foul-smelling odor,” Brittany Austin, a member of the Inmate Liaison Committee at Bedford Hills, told the network.

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