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Monday's heavy rains are causing a rapid rise on Beaver Creek in Butler County, and areas prone to flooding are under the gun right now. Monday's heavy rains are causing a rapid rise on Beaver Creek in Butler County, and areas prone to flooding are under the gun right now.
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NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) -

Monday's heavy rains are causing a rapid rise on Beaver Creek in Butler County, and areas prone to flooding are under the gun right now.

That includes the City of New Hartford, where the river is expected to reach the second-highest crest ever recorded.

Luke Becker, his friends and family are hurrying to beat a possible flood by moving his belongings to higher ground.

"I don't want to take any risks," Becker said. "It doesn't take very long when you have your family here. It goes a lot faster. Might as well take care of it all."

At the New Hartford school, students, teachers, parents and volunteers worked to protect it.

Students are on summer break, but lots of students show up to help.

"We are out for the summer, but there is still stuff in the drawers that we need to protect," said school principal Jerry Martinek.

Sandbag efforts started Monday afternoon after torrential rains flooded fields and creeks, which feed into Beaver Creek.

Flooding on Beaver Creek threatened New Hartford three weeks ago. Now, a bigger flood threatens.

"We're trying to save the town," said Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler Co. Emergency Management Coordinator. "Everything's a concern in New Hartford They're doing what they can around the businesses. Everyone's house is a concern."

While people in New Hartford scramble to keep their belongings dry, it's up to Mother Nature and a local road.

"We're concerned about Ridge Avenue. That's the county road three miles west of town that acts as a levee," Nordmeyer said. "That had water over it twice three weeks ago. It's done its job, but I don't know that we can go to the well three times."

So far, there have been no injuries reported.

Officials are asking people to stay out of southern Butler County until the threat lessens, unless they're there to help emergency officials or fill sandbags.

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