Kennebec River under flood warning

Posted Jan. 15, 2014, at 9:10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 16, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.

SIDNEY, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Kennebec River at north Sidney.

Effective through Thursday evening, the warning was issued shortly before 9 p.m. by the weather service’s office in Gray. The river reportedly was rising quickly during the evening due to ice jams.

Minor flooding is expected. As of Wednesday evening, the river level stood at 16.7 feet, less than half a foot from flood stage at 17 feet, the weather service said. The river is expected to crest at around 18 feet.

Weather forecasters noted that ice jams are very unpredictable, with sharp rises and falls possible as ice moves, breaks up or becomes jammed up.

The river likely will rise above flood stage overnight, then fall below flood stage sometime Thursday or Friday, depending on how the jam reacts.

Motorists should not drive through flooded areas, as it is impossible to know if the road is safe for travel, the weather service said.


In an earlier version of this story, Sidney was misspelled. It has been corrected.