(WVVA) - All week long we have talked about flood preparation and safety during a flood, but once the water levels begin to recede, does that mean that the danger is over? Unfortunately the answer is no.
Although conditions are improving and water may be moving away, there is still lots of danger present. The most important flood safety tip regardless of whether the water is rising or falling, you are walking, in a car, or any other situation, is to avoid any flooded waters. Exposing yourself to these waters introduces the risk of being swept away by the water, drowning, electrocution, and other potentially life threatening dangers.
Even if any rain stops, that doesn't mean that water levels won't continue to rise. Depending on where you are downstream of a river, water levels may keep rising because water from upstream continues to flow and could add to any water overflowing a river's banks. This is why it is important to always be monitoring the water levels, even after a storm has passed.
Depending on the magnitude of the flood, it could take days before water levels return to normal. The website www.ready.gov offers the following safety tips for after a flood has occurred:
A flood can cause physical hazards and emotional stress. You need to look after yourself and your family as you focus on cleanup and repair.
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