Forecast for heavy rain threatens more flooding for northern, eastern Maine

Floodwaters washed away the gravel from several sections of the railroad tracks in Brownville. A storm dropped about eight inches of rain, causing extensive flooding and washouts in the area.
Floodwaters washed away the gravel from several sections of the railroad tracks in Brownville. A storm dropped about eight inches of rain, causing extensive flooding and washouts in the area. Buy Photo
Posted June 25, 2012, at 2:09 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine —A flood watch is in effect for parts of Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties after heavy rain fell over the weekend with more expected to fall through Wednesday.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said a flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. Monday until Wednesday morning.

Some parts of the state, including Brownville and Patten, are already seeing localized flooding.

A powerful system will arrive in the state Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, with rain developing from west to east. The heaviest rain will fall Monday night into Tuesday night. Embedded thunderstorms also are expected. The stalled low-pressure system will bring widespread showers and thunderstorms into Thursday.

Officials with the National Weather Service said the system could produce several inches of rain before it leaves the area, elevating the threat of flooding after this past weekend’s rain.

“There has been some flooding along Route 11 in Patten,” Tony Mignone, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Monday.

“There also have been some washouts reported in that area. We are concerned because the ground is already saturated from this weekend’s rain, so any added rainfall brings the potential for flooding.”

In The County, the town of Orient picked up an estimated 8 inches of rain over the weekend. Mignone said that weather records are not collected by that community, but he said Monday that it is a substantial amount of rain to fall in such a short period of time.

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