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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.
Rising water on the Stillwater River has caused flooding at the Riverside Recreation Area next to the Steam Plant in Orono as well as other areas along the river.
Brian Feulner | BDN
Rising water on the Stillwater River has caused flooding at the Riverside Recreation Area next to the Steam Plant in Orono as well as other areas along the river. Buy Photo
Rising water on the Stillwater River has caused flooding at the Riverside Recreation Area next to the Steam Plant in Orono as well as other areas along the river.
Brian Feulner | BDN
Rising water on the Stillwater River has caused flooding at the Riverside Recreation Area next to the Steam Plant in Orono as well as other areas along the river. Buy Photo
Drivers brave several inches of water that flooded Poplar Street in Old Town Thursday near Pushaw Lake.
Drivers brave several inches of water that flooded Poplar Street in Old Town Thursday near Pushaw Lake. Buy Photo

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 bangordailynews.com for updates.

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