May 21, 2018
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As rain persists, Mattawamkeag river rises above flood stage

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — With the Mattawamkeag River at Mattawamkeag a bit above flood stage Thursday evening and showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the remainder of the week, officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou are watching the waterway for potential flooding.

The river was at approximately 13.8 feet in that area just after 3 p.m. Thursday, above flood stage of 13.5 feet, according to the NWS.

A flood warning remains in effect for that river until the weather service announces that it has been cancelled.

Minor flooding was forecast, but none had yet been reported by late afternoon. Tim Duda, meteorologist with the NWS, said that the river was quite high on the banks.

The river is expected to reach a height of about 14.3 feet by Friday night.

Over the past five days, more than a foot of rain has fallen on Patten, according to the weather service. Houlton picked up almost 9 inches of rainfall, while Knowles Corner recorded more than 7 inches.

Roads and bridges were flooded and closed temporarily in Houlton, Littleton, Bridgewater, Amity, Crouseville and other areas.

The sun popped out intermittently in The County Thursday, but showers and thunderstorms are expected off and on throughout the weekend.

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