June 25, 2018
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After more than 8 inches of rain soaks parts of Maine, crews need to assess damage

The Associated Press

GRAY, Maine — Crews will assess damage to roads and bridges after a storm that dumped more than 8 inches of rain across parts of Maine.

Scattered showers are expected to fall for a few more days but the National Weather Service said the worst of the deluge was over Monday.

Heavy rains, which began Saturday, caused numerous roads and bridges to be closed and resulted in minor flooding when the Presumpscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers overflowed their banks.

In Mechanic Falls, rescue workers used a boat Monday morning to retrieve a woman, her 2-year-old daughter and their dog and cat after the woman’s car stalled out in waters that had flooded her long dirt driveway, said Assistant Fire Chief Don Boyd.

The family was trapped by the waters but not in any danger, Boyd said.

The overall damage appears to be relatively minor given the amount of rain that fell, with some pavement letting go and minor erosion, transportation officials said.

But a full accounting won’t be known until waters recede and local and state crews can assess damage in the coming days, said Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lynette Miller.

“It certainly could have been much worse,” Miller said. “What we’re hoping is there won’t be a lot of damage once the water goes down.”

The state Transportation Department closed more than half a dozen low-lying bridges as a precaution, while numerous roads across central and southern Maine were closed or made impassable because of high water.

More than 8 inches of rain fell in Bridgton, Auburn and Bath during the storm, with more than 7 inches recorded in Portland and surrounding communities, Brunswick and other midcoast towns. Lesser amounts fell elsewhere in the state.

That’s an extraordinary amount of rain to fall in a single storm, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Brown said. The Portland total was more than double what the city usually gets for all of June.

“It’s almost like getting the entire summer’s rain in a couple of days,” he said.

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