Heavy rains damage roads in Franklin, Readfield

A car drives along Route 200 in Franklin on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, while road crews repair damage from heavy rains the day before. According to the National Weather Service, more than three and a half inches of rain fell in parts of Hancock County during a 24-hour period from Monday to early Tuesday.
A car drives along Route 200 in Franklin on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, while road crews repair damage from heavy rains the day before. According to the National Weather Service, more than three and a half inches of rain fell in parts of Hancock County during a 24-hour period from Monday to early Tuesday. Buy Photo
Posted Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 03, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Heavy rains on Labor Day caused some flooding that resulted in road damage to state highways and local roads, according to officials.

According to data posted online by the National Weather Service, more than 3½ inches of rain fell in the Ellsworth area from early Monday until early Tuesday, while parts of eastern Washington County got more than 3 inches. Rainfall in Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties varied from half an inch to more than two inches.

Precipitation was recorded at 1.73 inches in Bangor, 1.41 in Portland and 2.81 in Wiscasset.

Ted Talbot, spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation, said Tuesday that Route 200 in Franklin and Route 41 in Readfield were damaged by the heavy storm runoff.

A section of the northbound lane of Route 200 in Franklin between Route 182 and the Eastbrook town line washed out sometime overnight. Road crews were repairing the road Tuesday afternoon but were allowing vehicles to pass with one lane open in alternating directions.

In Sullivan, a newspaper delivery driver was hurt Tuesday morning when he drove his car into a washout, off Taunton Drive on Higg Street, according to police.

Trooper Bryan Creamer said Tuesday that Steven Sjoberg, 65, of Sullivan drove his 1998 Honda Accord directly into the gap, which was about five feet wide and stretched from one side of the road to the other.

“It was a foggy morning,” Creamer said. “I don’t believe he saw it until it was too late to react.”

Sjoberg complained of a headache from the air bag and of a sore shoulder, which most likely was caused by the seat belt, the trooper said. Sjoberg refused to be transported by an ambulance but Creamer said he encouraged him to seek medical treatment on his own.

The trooper did not have a dollar estimate for the damage to Sjoberg’s car but said it was “definitely heavily damaged.”

Creamer said many of the roads in the area were affected by the heavy rains, at least temporarily. At one point, Route 182 east of the Franklin village was covered by two feet of water, he said. The edges of the highway were slightly eroded by the flooding, he said, but the travel lanes were not damaged and no accidents were reported at that spot.

According to Talbot, a complete washout across Route 41 in Readfield, just south of the local boat launch on Maranacook Lake, has resulted in the road being closed. Traffic between Readfield and Winthrop is being rerouted onto Sturtevant Hill Road and Route 17. He said the department expects the road to be closed for three days while repairs are being made.

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