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Onlookers asked to stay out of Olive Branch

OLIVE BRANCH, IL (KFVS) -

Captain Harry Massey with Illinois State Police asks people to stay out of the Olive Branch area and Route 3 near the area unless they are involved in the rescue effort.

Massey says the onlookers are making it difficult for volunteers and response crews to help with the rescue efforts.

Sandbagging continues along Illinois Route 3 as water continues to rise, overtaking homes and businesses.

Some have put up large signs along the highway that say "help needed" as they've been working almost around the clock to hold back the water and there's still more work to do.

The Mississippi River isn't expected to crest until early next week, which means the water will continue to rise.

Along Route 3, house after house is underwater. Those that haven't been taken by flood water are surrounded by homeowners and volunteers working feverishly to fill sand bags and place them to keep the water out.

Residents in Olive Branch say they're haunted by not knowing how high the water will get, or if they'll be able to stop it if it comes.

The Horseshoe Lake Campground is also now under water and most side roads have been closed due to water over the roadway.

The Illinois National Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Illinois Emergency Management Agency have all set up shop in Olive Branch to respond to disasters in the area and rescue any homeowners stranded by floodwater.

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