Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:49
Artjak, in answer to your question I think the water is only slightly salty (the rivers are tidal) but I'll check. Certainly the water is foul - everyone involved in the volunteer efforts have been advised to stay absolutely waterproofed, always use gloves, wash thoroughly etc. It has swept through slurry pits and chemical stores; not to mention the fact that most animals didn't survive...
We'll have to see just how bad things are, but pots and planters may be the only solution for some, for a season or two at least. The gardenadvice service is going to offer their professional advice and help (they have been international advisors for flood recovery in disaster areas, so they know what they are talking about).