Downed trees reported in wake of severe weather in parts of Maine

Posted July 18, 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
Last modified July 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service in Caribou is investigating the damage in the wake of a severe weather system that moved through Aroostook and Washington counties Wednesday evening.

Rich Norton, a meteorological intern, said that damage to trees and a building had been reported Thursday.

“It has mostly been tree damage,” he said. “We had damage to a building reported in Danforth. There has been tree damage reported in New Sweden, Caribou, Washburn and Danforth.”

Flash flooding was reported in Caribou, which picked up 3.8 inches of rain. More than 4.25 inches of rain fell in Connor.

One of the hardest-hit locations was Camp Nomacca, a Christian camp for children and families in Mapleton, where a large number of trees fell during the storm. There were approximately 70 campers there at the time, and the facility lost power during the storm. Andrew Blackstone, a camp organizer, said that 28 trees fell and blocked the main road leading to the camp.

“Luckily, we have a rarely used secondary road,” he said Thursday. “People were able to bring us a generator to use, We were able to keep people in one building and keep everyone safe. After the storm, volunteers came with chain saws and after an hour and a half of work, they cleared the main road and we were able to use it again. We were very grateful.”

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