About a dozen residents at the Riviera Apartments on River Road in Agawam are being evacuated due to rising waters in the Connecticut River.
The apartment complex is situated along the Connecticut River, and flood waters are nearing the buildings.
The Connecticut River rose more than 10 feet after massive rains hit Western New England and on Monday afternoon, several residents living in the basement units were asked to evacuate.
"It's been rising all day and we're at the mercy of the water at this point," says building manager, Dan Grosse.
Grosse spent the last 24 hours monitoring the rising waters, which have crept just 100 feet away from the apartment complex.
"It's a big concern for the property, as well as its tenants," he says. "I've never seen it like this."
Neither has basement resident, Tatiyana Myakushko. Living in an underground apartment, she comes eye-to-eye with Irene's impact each time she looks out the window.
"Ususally, the water level is a couple feet down. But now, it's like on the level of my windows," she says.
The water is expected to reach its peak during the overnight hours, before receding on Tuesday.
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