* Now that you're living in the country, don't be surprised to see deer and other animals. Deer can cross the road unexpectedly and cause accidents. Rural development encroaches on the traditional habitat of coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, mosquitoes and other animals that can be dangerous. In general, it is best to enjoy wildlife at a distance. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is a good resource for information.
- Expansive soils can buckle concrete foundations and twist steel I-beams. You can check the soil conditions on your property if you refer to the soil survey report of Douglas County.
- The topography of the land can tell you where water will go after storms. When property owners have filled in gullies, they have found the water that drained through the gully now drains through their house.
- A flash flood can occur, especially during the spring and fall months, and turn a dry steam into a river.
- Spring runoff can cause a small creek to become a major river. Many residents use sand bags to protect their homes. The county does not provide bags, equipment of people to protect private property from flooding.
- Before you alter a watercourse or drainage area, be sure to contact the Kansas Division of Water Resources.
Source: ``Making the Most of Living in the Country,'' a publication by the Douglas County Soil Conservation District.