Flooding concerns prompt Bangor officials to shut down parking lots along the Kenduskeag Stream

Posted Jan. 06, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 06, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Parking along the Kenduskeag Stream will be shut down Monday due to the risk of flooding, the city announced early Monday afternoon.

Bangor Public Works is requesting that anyone parked in the lots alongside the Kenduskeag, including the one behind the parking garage and the one on the opposite side of the stream, move their vehicles as soon as possible.

Monday’s high tide arrives at 2:30 p.m. Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said parking should be reopened around 5 p.m. after the tides subside.

The lots will be shut down again at 11 p.m. Monday and will reopen around 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to public works. Again, that’s to ensure that no cars are parked in the lot when the stream is at its highest. High tide Tuesday morning is at 2:56 a.m.

The city also is asking motorists to plan on avoiding driving in those areas when the lots are closed.

The Kenduskeag Stream is rising rapidly due to persistent rain, heavy ice in the stream, and the rising tides.

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