Flood warning in effect in northern Maine

Posted April 06, 2009, at 9:17 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for north central Penobscot County, northern Piscataquis County and Aroostook County.

A number of rivers, including the Aroostook, Saint John, Mattawamkeag and Penobscot have ice jams with some river levels continuing to rise, according to the NWS Web site.

An ice jam continued Monday afternoon on the Big Black River near Depot Mountain in Aroostook County. The river level was at 11.5 feet andslowly falling. Ice jams continued in the vicinity of Allagash and Fort Kent on the Allagash and Saint John rivers, as river levels were continuing to drop. Some low-lying areas such as the farmlands downstream from Fort Kent near Grand Isle have filled up with water.

Aroostook River levels continued to rise slowly with an ice jam near Fort Fairfield. Some flooding has occurred on Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield. Ice remains in place near Washburn and Masardis with river levels there slowly rising but still 2 to 4 feet within their banks.

The Mattawamkeag River at Mattawamkeag was at 13.6 feet early Monday afternoon and out of its banks and continued to slowly rise. Flood stage is 13 feet. Some minor flooding of low lying areas was reported.

The Penobscot River at Grindstone was at 9.8 feet and slowly rising. Flood stage is 13 feet.

Rainfall of 1 to 1.5 inches is expected across the region Monday night into Tuesday. The rainfall combined with melting snow will lead to rising river levels overnight into Tuesday, the NWS said on its Web site Monday afternoon.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.

A high-winds advisory also was in effect for Monday night and into Tuesday for Hancock and Washington counties and parts of Penobscot County.

http://bangordailynews.com/2009/04/06/news/flood-warning-in-effect-in-northern-maine/ printed on August 20, 2014