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Photos: Amazon River overflows into Brazil’s streets

A branch of the Amazon River called the Rio Solimoes overflowed this week due to heavy rains and flooding, and rose high into the streets of Anama, in the Amazonas state of Brazil, according to Reuters.

A boy paddles his canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. The sign reads "Welcome." Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

A boy paddles his canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. The sign reads “Welcome.” Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Brazil’s Civil Defense reported that over 250,000 Brazilians were affected.

Residents paddle their canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on May 28, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Residents paddle their canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on May 28, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Children walk in front of a small bar in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Children walk in front of a small bar in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

A cemetery is seen flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

A cemetery is seen flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Residents of the area used canoes to reach markets and navigate the streets.

Residents are pictured in their canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Residents are pictured in their canoe in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Residents canoed to a market in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Residents canoed to a market in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Seasonal flooding is common along the Amazon River during this time of year, but high water presents issues for some plant and animal species.

Cattle are seen in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on May 28, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Cattle are seen in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on May 28, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Still, the high waters gave way to high spirits for some children.

Children joke in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Children joke in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

A child jokes in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

A child jokes in a street flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, Amazonas state, Brazil on June 3, 2015. Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters

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