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River floods yards after heavy rain

People who live along the Chaplin River in Perryville say it only took about an hour for the river to spill over its banks, rush up the hillside, and threaten their homes Sunday.

The scenic Chaplin River runs right through the middle of downtown Perryville, offering pleasant views of local wildlife. But this morning's heavy rains created a dangerous situation for people who live nearby.

"It was people out everywhere and water out everywhere!" says Alice Sleet.

Sleet says several people showed up near the banks of the river to offer help. She came down to try to clear debris out of the way of the rushing water so it could flow freely.

"All the water was starting to accumulate and the debris was stopping it up so I took a stick and I was trying to move it," she says.

The river rushed into Connie Sott's backyard and washed away parts of her fence, reaching the steps to her back door. After past floods she and her family had a small floodwall built up , but it was no match for the Chaplin River this morning.

"It's beautiful, but it comes up fast!" says Sott.

Sott says the river began rising at 9:00 this morning and had reached her door by 10:00. She says it receded as quickly as it had risen, retreating all the way back to its banks in an hour. Connie says it's just a part of living near the water.

"When you live next to water, you have to get used to it. It's Mother Nature. You can't stop it," she says.

911 officials in Boyle County say there were no injuries reported as a result of the flooding. Residents say the last time the waters rose that high was Mother's Day last year.


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