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Some residents in Autauga County are being asked to evacuate their homes because of the rising water from heavy rains. Already eight river segments in our area are forecasted to go above flood stage- something that hasn't happened in years. 
 
The Kent family is dealing with thousands of dollars of damage at their Autauga County home as the nearby Swift Creek overflowed Monday afternoon, water invading their property on County Road 19 North in the Vida community.
 
"My daughter Jayla said 'Look at the back yard!' and I said, 'Oh my god!' and I looked and it was liked a dam broke and it just started rising up.  I just hope it doesn't rise anymore and we lose what little bit we got," said Ricky Kent.
 
"I haven't seen anything like this before. It happened so fast. The A/C unit we just put in is gone. The duct work and everything we put in is destroyed over there," added his wife, Amy.
 
In the Autaugaville area, officials are keeping their eye on dozens of properties along the rising Alabama River, especially at Strickland's Landing, Clark's Landing, Cottrell Landing and Rose Marie's Island. A voluntary evacuation is underway in those areas.
 
Members of the Autauga County Emergency Management Agency and Autauga County Sheriff's Department are going door to door, meeting with residents to let them know about the potential for flooding and giving them enough time to evacuate. Those with RVs near the river can move them to the Autaugaville Town Park or the Agricultural Center off of Highway 14.
 
"Our concern is with these low lying areas with the water getting up into the homes that the people have here or cutting them off so they can't get out and emergency services can't get back to them," said Autauga County EMA Director Ernie Baggett."We don't want people to have a false sense of security now that the rain has let up. The problem is all of the water upstream coming down to us. It's coming from Atlanta. That all feeds into the Alabama River... so all of that rain that has been received up there is feeding in plus everything from the county, all the tributaries that are still feeding into the river right now.
 
"I'm concerned about my camper. I had no idea the water may get that high. So hopefully, it'll be ok," said Tom Barnard who keeps his camper near the Strickland's Landing boat ramp.
 
Autauga County is expecting its highest river levels in nine years. Montgomery also hasn't seen these levels in years. Video was taken Monday at Riverfront Park showed areas already under water.
 
"We're going to say listen, you remember what it was like then. It's going to be worse than it was then. Be mindful of that," Baggett said as he walked door to door Monday. 'To kind of put it in perspective In 2009, when the amphitheater stage flooded and that, that was 37.7 feet. They're expecting to get 40.1 so that's the highest it's been in a long time there."
 
In Montgomery,the Alabama River is expected to hit 40 feet. Flood stage is 35 feet. The Tallapoosa River at the Tallapoosa Water Plant is expected to rise to 29.3 feet. Flood stage is 25 feet. Catoma Creek is expected to rise to 23.7 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet.
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