Flood maps are not entirely accurate according to the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services, therefore it has issued a warning to residents saying that they could live in a hazardous area without even knowing it. OES advised residents living near small streams to consider buying low-cost flood insurance.
The mountain state has 32,278 miles of streams, but even maps that show small waterways don’t accurately show where the flood plains are located.
According to OES, this results in a lot of flood damage in areas where people thought they were safe. The office said residents can purchase flood insurance from local insurance agents and advised anyone in need of detailed information to log onto www.floodsmart.gov.
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