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Warnings about rising rivers across our region

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters. Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing.

"Well flooding is flooding. And it's still always a concern," Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser said.

Fraser says residents need to be on alert as the rivers continue to climb. Fraser says the city has been cleaning storm drains to avoid backups, readying sandbags and closing parking lots prone to flooding.

"We need to be prepared," Fraser said. "We expect there will be some on some roads, there will be some in some parking lots, there will be some in basements and certainly people need to know what's going on."

The water is expected to crest around midnight, so flooding in low-lying areas is expected to hit in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Fraser says they don't think the levels will be catastrophic, but urges the community to be careful.

"Don't drive through standing water. You don't know how deep it is and it doesn't take much to have a car hydroplane and you don't know if it's going to be washed out underneath. That's number one. Don't walk or a lot of times people think it's fun to wade or splash around in floodwaters," Fraser said.

While Montpelier is preparing, some parts of the state have already started to flood, like in Cambridge where the Wrong Way Bridge on Route 15 is submerged in water. Earlier Tuesday afternoon, cars were still slowly making their way over the flooded part of the road, but since then the road was closed to traffic.

"I'd turn around and go back because you don't know what that pavement looks like underneath. Right now, we can see the pavement, so we know there's no big holes or pavement lifting," said Robert Anderson of VTrans.

Roads are covered, fields are flooded and rivers are spilling over their banks. As the rain continues to fall, the water levels will keep rising. Officials warn drivers not to cross roads with water over them.

In Lyndonville, athletic fields are underwater. The Passumpsic River is now creeping toward roads. And the Center Street Covered Bridge is closed.

Parts of New York's North Country are flooding as well. At least a half of a dozen roads are closed. And there's flooding in the Perry Mill's area and the village of Champlain.

We are also getting reports of flooding in Winooski, Colchester and Lake Placid.

Click here for tips from Vermont Emergency Management on how to prepare for floods and deal with them.

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