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Police alert residents along Housatonic about water releasing from dams

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SHELTON, CT (WFSB) -

Residents along the Housatonic River have prepared again for more water, but this time it's coming from the Stevenson Dam.

Officials said more water is being released from the dam and will add to the already high waters.

At this point, the water covers the docks of the houses and can continue to rise to the doorsteps and eventually reach the houses. Residents and police officers are unsure how much higher the water will get.

"It's going to be close," said Brian Conley, a resident of Shelton. "It's over the wall now and they're opening the gates, so it's going to be close."

Eyewitness News learned that the river levels of the Housatonic are related to how much water is released from the Stevenson Dam upriver.

"We look at the chart," said Jim Martinelli of Shelton. "Whatever it says there, how many feet it goes up - we divide that by four. That's how much it goes here."

Martinelli told Eyewitness News that if the dam has an extra foot of water, residents will get an extra three inches below.

However, over the years, Martinelli and his neighbors have learned how to handle the rising river.

Police officials said the water rises very quickly and takes a long time to go back down. The river is forecast to reach peak at 8 p.m.

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