Friday, April 18, 2014

Warning issued after Mattawamkeag River in Maine rises above flood level

Posted April 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Less than 24 hours after Orono residents experienced flooding because of the cresting Stillwater River, parts of the Mattawamkeag River in northern Penobscot County are cresting.

The National Weather Service’s Caribou office has issued a flood warning for the river. As of 7 a.m. Friday, the river’s stage was 16.1 feet, well above the flood stage of 13.5 feet.
There is no timetable for the length of the flood warning, according to the weather service.
Portions of Lancaster Road in Kingman have already been affected by flooding, the weather service said.

In addition to the Mattawamkeag River, the weather service said the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield is also above flood levels, prompting warnings in that area.
In Dexter, lower Lincoln Street remains closed to traffic, along with the entrance to the municipal parking lot, Town Manager Shelley Watson said Friday.
Watson said removing culverts helped withstand flood waters.

“There’s no more drama today that I’m aware of,” she said.
The weather service’s Gray office has also canceled a flood warning along the Androscoggin River near Auburn.

As of 7 a.m., the river’s stage was listed at 12.7 feet, just below the flood stage of 13 feet.
The river is expected to continue to fall throughout the day. The weather service also canceled a warning on the Kennebec River.

High temperatures, rainfall and ice jams have been responsible for flooding throughout the state over the last few weeks. One person has died in northern Aroostook County after being swept away by floodwaters.


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