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Decatur residents deal with rising waters

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Neighborhoods across Decatur are under water after Thursday's heavy rains.

It was especially bad in flood prone areas like Ray Avenue, where the road turned into a rushing river.

"We have been trying to stop cars and tell them don't come through, but they come through anyway," said Tony Baker.

But Baker's bigger concern is the flood water creeping closer to his home. It has already taken out several of his family's belongings.

"My concern is that it will get higher and will cause us to have to leave," said Baker.

Around the corner, a neighbor's car is almost completely submerged. Luckily no one was inside.

"If it's like this right now, what is it going to be like when there is more rain?" wondered Baker.

Across town, folks living along the cul de sac on Chesapeake Trail are dealing with their own set of problems.

"I think this is probably the worst we have ever seen it since we have lived here," said Robert Jensen.

A drainage ditch out back is to blame. What was once a grassy gully is now a canal, and the homes on Chesapeake Trail are in the path of its overflow.

"That is what's actually going under the door into my garage now because it's building up into the yard," said Jensen.

As the rain continues to come down, these folks are beginning to feel a bit helpless.

"What a 4th of July present. Who would've imagined a 4th of July like this?" said Baker.

It certainly wasn't the holiday most were expecting.

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