Threats of ice jam floods are down, but some flood warnings remain

Rising river waters isolate this bench between the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers in Mattawamkeag on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Rising river waters isolate this bench between the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers in Mattawamkeag on Friday, April 18, 2014. Buy Photo
Posted April 19, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
Last modified April 19, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
Water creeps up onto the boat landing area of River Side Park in Fort Kent as ice continues to flow down the St. John River on Friday morning.
Julia Bayly | BDN
Water creeps up onto the boat landing area of River Side Park in Fort Kent as ice continues to flow down the St. John River on Friday morning. Buy Photo
A resident watches the ice flow down the St. John River on Friday morning in Fort Kent.
Julia Bayly | BDN
A resident watches the ice flow down the St. John River on Friday morning in Fort Kent. Buy Photo

FORT KENT, Maine — Rivers in southern Maine are free of ice and the ice is moving out of northern waterways, according to the most recent reports from the National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou. But that doesn’t mean an end to flooding concerns.

A flood warning continues on the Mattawamkeag River in Mattawamkeag where levels were reported to be about 3 feet over the 13.5 foot flood stage.

Minor flooding was reported along the Penobscot River in Eddington, but those levels were expected to drop after the river crested at 18.7 feet — 7 inches above flood stage.

All other flood watches for east, central and northern Maine have been canceled.

Ice in the St. John River has flushed and river levels are dropping.

An ice jam in St. Francis had closed a portion of Route 161 on Thursday, but it was reopened Friday.

A flood warning does remain for the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield and is expected to extend into Sunday evening.

 

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