The aftermath of severe weather in our region could leave flood waters that are often more damaging and deadlier than the storm itself. Over the years, Brunswick County has seen its fair share of rising flood waters. Randy Thompson, Brunswick County Emergency Services director, said, "Brunswick County historically has had an issue with flooding, with inland flooding of our roadways and it has caused quite a bit of a challenge for our residents to move around." But, Brunswick County has learned some lessons from the past. The emergency services department has implemented new technology around the county to monitor water levels. As water levels rise, sensors will now send data back to headquarters to warn of flooding dangers. "The advantage that that will allow us, is if we get into a situation where we start getting large amounts of rainfall, we will be able to determine a timeline of when we may need to set up an evacuation route to deal with that," said Thompson. Emergency services says they will also be working more closely with the National Weather Service to send more detailed alert messages out to the public as severe weather heads our way. Thompson said, "We are ready on a day to day basis to respond to the needs of the community. Whenever a storm approaches we expand that, and bring in a lot of our partners to the organizational structure." Thompson said preparing for the worst, could sometimes have the best results. Hurricane preparedness week continues Thursday with a look at how forecasters track storms.
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