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Residents and fire crews fight local flooding

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Some North Country residents are experiencing the highest water levels they've ever seen. People along the St. Regis River saw flood water come into their homes Tuesday. However, Matt Jarchow tells us almost as soon the water came, so too did the help.

WINTHROP, N.Y. -- Residents along the St. Regis River woke up in a nightmare Tuesday. The water that has been filling their yards had entered their homes. As the water kept coming, the people responded with sand, shovels, and a helping hand.

"I think it's wonderful," Winthrop resident Jackie Cayea said. "Especially at a time like this. We need it."

Neighbors joined fire crews in filling up sand bags to keep rising water out of their homes. Actions that didn't go unnoticed for those new to the street and its flooding.

"It's nice to know, especially when you move into a new neighborhood that you have great neighbors willing to help out," resident Ian Hayes said. "I couldn't ask for a better group of people."

But the weather isn't helping. Water levels are rising and rain is falling.

"I'm nervous, very nervous," Cayea said. "And like I said just wait and see. We can't really do much more than the sand bags."

"We hope that this is the worst," volunteer fireman Ryan McCuin said. "It's going to keep raining for a little while, so like I said, the odds are against us here. The water levels keep going up."

So fire crews and residents will do all they can, keep stacking and keep hoping that the worst is over.

"It's in Mother Nature's hands right now," Cayea said. "I don't know. I'm praying that it is, but I don't think so. I don't have a good feeling, and I hope I'm wrong. All we can do is wait it out and see what happens."

"I'm happy with the progress we've made," Hayes said. "We're just going to do a little bit more and stack them higher if it does get higher and hope for the best."

While the water may not be done rising, neither are the people done helping.

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