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Maquoketa River causes flooding in Manchester

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

Water from the Maquoketa River has overtaken Main Street in Manchester.

All of this is happening really fast causing some businesses to be surrounded by water.

"It's very scary because you lose a lot and it feels helpless, you feel helpless. There's not much you can do, other then block some of the water so the water doesn't come in so  fast," said Laura Villagrana, owner of Rio Blanco Mexican Restaurant.

Students from West Delaware High School are assisting with sandbagging efforts.

Although  business owners are getting some help, they say they still feel helpless. They haven't seen it this bad since 2010.  

"There's not a lot you can do about it, just deal with it as it goes on," added Bryan Uhrig of Beauty and the Beast Barber Shop.

Away from the downtown area, some homes on River Street are surrounded by moving water. This area is blocked off for safety. Just a few inches of flowing water can knock a person over. 

It's definitely best to stay out of that area.

Manchester Police is also advising people to avoid downtown. 

Officials at West Delaware High School have also cancelled tonight's homecoming parade. 

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