Public Safety

Rapp at Home, RappU promoting safety at home

Rapp at Home and RappU are offering the class, “Safe and Sound at Home” at RappU, in the class the advisors and the participants will share challenges people face and explore physical changes that can be made to homes to minimize the risk of falls and accidents and make day-to-day life easier. […]

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Rappahannock floodplain maps updated

FEMA representatives will meet with county officials in September to discuss the revised flood hazard information, ordinance adoption, and other frequently asked questions and concerns. After that, citizens will have several months to review the updated maps and appeal any information they feel is inaccurate. […]

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Emergency water stoppage in Washington; residents warned to boil water through at least Wednesday

The town was forced to issue a “Boil Water Advisory” through Wednesday at the earliest. As a result of main water line repairs, when a water system loses pressure the possibility of contaminants entering the system through a backflow or cross connections must be considered. […]

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Uh oh, ‘exotic’ tick getting close

Livestock producers and owners should notify the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on an individual animal. […]

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Tick-borne diseases: Every man for himself

For instance, many doctors today will inform patients that a tick has to sink its razor sharp jaws into human flesh for 24 to 48 hours before the little bugger spits its debilitating Lyme bacteria or else some other disease-causing crud into an unsuspecting person’s bloodstream. […]

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How not to hit a deer with your car

While there are no exact figures, there are about 1.5 million accidents with deer each year in the United States. The leading cause of human injuries and death is when the motorist swerves to avoid striking the deer. […]



The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office said it was inundated with phone calls early yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon around 1:45 p.m., with concerned citizens reporting a “huge” explosion. […]

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Is your well water safe to drink?

Well owners are often unaware of the possible causes of contamination to their water. Older wells may not be sealed properly near the surface or their source of water may be shallow and influenced by potential pollutant sources like feedlots, septic systems, and other land uses. […]

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What’s that odor?

Three Rappahannock County families have been placed in temporary shelter by the American Red Cross awaiting the outcome of water sample testing from their individual apartments near Massies Corner. […]