Mattawamkeag flood waters have receded, town officials say

Posted March 14, 2011, at 3:01 p.m.

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — What officials estimated as a 4-mile-long ice jam at the confluence of the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers has gone downriver and took any possibility of extensive flooding with it on Monday.

As of Monday morning, enough melting had occurred so that the river ice jam, which had caused the flooding of several main and secondary roads, was gone, and residents had returned to their homes on River Road, the site of most of the flooding, officials said.

Town officials began monitoring ice and water levels Saturday night. Fire department personnel went from house to house in high-risk flooding areas to offer to evacuate residents late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.