ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Attleboro Public Schools dismissed students one hour early Wednesday with the potential for heavy rain and more flooding in the afternoon.

Superintendent David Sawyer told 12 News that water levels were still high after Monday’s storm and he was concerned that the worst of Wednesday’s rain was forecast to happen during elementary school dismissal.

“Our hope is to get everyone home safely before there might be issues similar to what we experienced earlier this week,” Sawyer added.

The past 48 hours have been trying for members of the Attleboro and North Attleboro communities as heavy rains have caused major damage across the region.

On Paine Road in North Attleboro, water lines can still be seen several feet above the ground and neighbors are still reeling, sharing more photos from Monday night.

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Nathan Bonneau said the flooding at his home was over his head, and he’s 5’10”.

“It’s got to be 15 feet above the creek down there,” he added.

Bonneau’s home has since been condemned for the time being.

“We’re not in a flood zone and no one here has flood insurance so I’m footing the bill,” he said.

Dawn Packer, who was running a pre-kindergarten program out of her home, has now essentially lost her business. The flood waters wiped out books, art projects and everything in between.

“The door came swinging open and four feet of water came pouring in and I was already up to my waist before I could leave,” she said. “If I didn’t live through it and somebody told me this story, I wouldn’t believe it.”

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The level of damage compelled Gov. Maura Healey to tour flooded areas in North Attleboro Tuesday. The town opened an emergency shelter at the middle school for affected residents.

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