CAIRO (AP) Water has risen to record levels in California as rain and snow fall.
But authorities are urging homeowners to leave the home in a hurry, even if it means using a cleaner.
The state’s Department of Water Resources says residents should not use any household products that contain chlorine, a common household cleaning agent.
It says any chemicals that can kill bacteria or damage crops are OK for use in your home.
A toxicologist with the agency said there’s no proof chlorine is dangerous to humans.
The agency says it will warn residents about the potential health effects of chlorine exposure if they can prove it’s a risk to themselves or others.
It also says chlorine is not listed as a safe or effective disinfectant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has received about 1,000 reports of potential health problems associated with using household chlorine disinfectants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.