Orono residents near Stillwater River report water coming into homes, flood warnings issued

Posted April 17, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Cresting water along the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers in Orono has prompted the National Weather Service’s Caribou office to issue a flood warning.

The warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.

The weather service issued the warning after Orono residents along the Stillwater River reported water entering their homes.

The University of Maine’s lower parking lot is also close to the river, and water was cresting into that lot, the weather service said.

Water levels along the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers are high due to warming temperatures and melting snow.

The weather service expects the rivers to crest by early Thursday afternoon.

Residents who live near the Stillwater River should stay alert for rapidly changing water levels and move to higher ground if flood waters threaten, the weather service said.

Runoff from melting snow, rain and ice jams has created flooding throughout the state and claimed the life of a 74-year old Aroostook County man.

Watch for updates.

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