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Wabash River expected to rise above 30-feet

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MT. CARMEL, IL (WFIE) -

Residents living near the Wabash River are keeping a close eye on rising river levels Thursday night.

The Wabash River in New Harmony is at 18.4-feet, which is only about 3.5-feet above flood stage, but upstream in Mt. Carmel, IL., it's nine-feet above flood stage and residents are waiting and watching to see when it finally recedes.

Residents that live along the river are used to packing up when the river is up and officials expect the river to crest just above 30-feet late Sunday night into Monday morning.

Downstream in Posey County, officials say the river will crest into New Harmony on Tuesday at almost 21-feet which is six-feet above flood stage.

"Once that crests, we hope for a fairly quick fall due to the Ohio River being at low stages," says Larry Robby.

Nancy Hempfling works at the Red Geranium and remembers having to sand bad the restaurant two years ago.

"It isn't as high as it was two years ago, and if we get more rain, we'll need to watch it further," says Hempfling.

She says it's not just locals watching the levels.

"Earlier this week, I had customer call in to see if we were open, they were coming down this weekend to stay," says Hempfling.

She also says the flood of 2011 didn't shut them down and this one likely won't either.

Residents that have been passing by have told us they're surprised to see how fast it's rising and it still has several feet to go.

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