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New Hartford residents play waiting game and hope levee holds

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Folks in New Hartford will have to evacuate if one road gives way to Beaver Creek.

The concern is the area along Ridge Avenue, a gravel road which essentially serves as a levee for the town of New Hartford.

Butler County Emergency Management officials said Thursday Ridge Avenue is underwater and "stressed," but they'll only force evacuations if it is washed away.

Gwen Blanchard, a 27-year resident of New Hartford, has spent the past few days watching the water rise in her backyard.

"We're wasting time is what we're hoping," she said. 

Blanchard said she's praying for the levee to hold up. It's located three miles away from her home.  

Emergency Management officials said if Ridge Avenue doesn't hold up, it's likely the town of New Hartford will face significant flooding, similar to what happened in 2008.

Officials said it's a gamble at this point to see if that road can hold up under the water, but they're hopeful it can.

If it does get washed away by flooding, however, a code red notification will be sent out to residents and they will need to evacuate immediately.

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