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The Wapsi River near DeWitt is at 14.2 feet, and is expected to rise to 14.5 feet on Thursday. That's higher than the old record from 1990 at 14.1. Old Highway 61 in Long Grove is covered in water. The detour, going east, around DeWitt, south on 67, and back around west to McCausland, is a 30 to 45-minute drive.

Many residents living along the Wapsi River, in Wild Wood, say they aren't surprised whenever the water in on the rise.

"We're used to it," resident Bill Miller said. "If you live on the river, got to expect a little water, you know?"

However, they say the area doesn't usually get this wet.

"I was here, what was that, 2008, or something like that, when the big flood came through," Miller said. "This is bigger then that one."

The amount of water is a concern for people like Mike Pringle, whose daughter has property past the water-filled road.

"Its awful close to getting inside her cabin down there, so I guess we're going to see what mother nature does," Pringle said.

With record-breaking levels ahead, some people are getting out of town while they can.

"We're staying at a motel in Eldridge," said Joe Cupps, who kayaked down Old Highway 61.

He says he prefers not to stay at home.

"We could live in there if we wanted to stay in there," he said. "Electric works, and phone and everything works. It doesn't hurt, it's just the inconvenience."

Others, like Jenny Drake, are refusing to let the water stop them from going about life in Wild Wood. Drake took a vehicle through the water, back into town, before the water would become too deep. She took a boat to get home.

"We love it down here," she said. "It's actually a great neighborhood. We have great neighbors. They're like our family, and when this happens, it's just a way of life, and we're used to it and we just deal with it."

Some houses in the area have flooded, but most are elevated just enough. Those homeowners say the water would need to be another two feet higher to get inside their homes.

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