Dozens of homes in a Lincoln street are at risk of flooding as tankers work to pump water from outside their front doors.
Residents of St Catherine's Grove spoke of their concern as they woke up to water lapping against their garden walls.
And there are fears more heavy rain could spell disaster for the low-lying street.
Just off Newark Road near South Common, the road has been closed as Anglian Water and Lincolnshire County Council try to clear the flood.
Street water levels stood at around 1 ft in some parts.
And residents estimate the nearby Witham has risen by several feet during the recent wet spell.
It is thought the problems in the street began between 6am and 8am today.
Lincolnshire County Council provided sandbags to help people protect their homes and tankers were called in to pump away the water.
Simon Layland, 36, said: "I've heard it could have been caused be a valve in the river that has closed because the levels are so high.
"It's really good that the tankers are here and the levels have gone down but when they go the water is going to just come back again."
Keith Holmes, 68, said "They promised they would sort it out when it happened ten years ago, but it hasn't been fixed.
"I've had to cancel a specialist appointment because of this."
Mr Holmes' wife Pamela, 64, said: "I'm very concerned as we all are, but it's worse for people on the other side of the street."
People have begun to move electricals and other possessions from their ground-floor rooms in anticipation of more problems.
One elderly woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I'm not surprised because I've seen it all before.
"In 1947 it flooded here much worse than this. I won't be worried until the flooding reaches my back garden, as that's when it will enter my house.
"I am surprised however, of the amount of rain after last weeks drought announcements.
"I suppose it is the wrath of God."