Dangers remain as flood waters recede

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Although flood waters are receding, the dangers are not. 

The Wheeling Fire Department highly recommends that residents DO NOT kayak, canoe, boat, fish or do any water activities near the creeks or the Ohio River until water levels recede. 

Despite water levels coming down, they are still high, swift, and dangerous.

Residents are also reminded to NOT drive through standing water, or drive past a road closed sign. 

During live reports from Wheeling Island, 7News saw several drivers pass through the flood waters to get to the closed casino. 

One person nearly flooded out their car’s engine and Wheeling Police pulled them over once they were clear of the flood water. 

Stephen Brambach lives on Wheeling Island and explains why homeowners get miffed when people drive passed the road closed signs during flooding. 

“In our basements, we have our stuff set up,  and when they go through the water it ripples the water,” he explained. “It will move things. Things will fall.  As for me, I have all my basement possessions on my front porch, so with the gawkers and the onlookers, I’ve got all my stuff on the front porch.  We don’t need anyone else down here looking at things.”

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