Spring flooding potential low in southern Maine

Posted March 01, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Minimal snowpack and river ice are making for below normal flood potential in southern Maine this spring, but the flooding risk factors are about normal in northern Maine.

The Maine River Flow Advisory Commission met Thursday to analyze snowpack, stream flow, river ice conditions and weather forecasts to assess the potential for spring flooding in Maine.

Commission co-chairman Robert Lent of the U.S. Geological Survey said with the flooding outlook could change with Thursday’s storm dropping significant snow on southern and central Maine.

He said the most impart factor influencing flooding is rainfall, with a single rainstorm at the wrong time able to cause flooding.

The commission meets in late winter each year to share information and examine the likelihood of spring flooding along Maine’s rivers and streams.