Flood warnings still in effect in Somerset, Penobscot counties

Large chunks of ice left over from an ice jam on the St. John River about eight miles west of Fort Kent push against a guardrail along Route 161 which had been closed for a period of time last week due to the rising waters.
Julia Bayly
Large chunks of ice left over from an ice jam on the St. John River about eight miles west of Fort Kent push against a guardrail along Route 161 which had been closed for a period of time last week due to the rising waters. Buy Photo
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff
Posted April 20, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — River levels are going down around the state, but a few flood watches and warnings remained in effect Easter Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Sebasticook River at Pittsfield remained above flood stage Sunday and a flood warning was expected remain in effect through the evening as water levels dropped throughout the day.

A warning also continued Sunday on the Mattawamkeag River in Mattawamkeag as the river remained two feet above the 13.5-foot flood stage with some minor flooding reported.

It had been a dangerous and destructive week statewide with flooding from Augusta to the St. John Valley.

On Tuesday a Caswell man died after falling into an open culvert obscured by flood waters on Oliver Road in Caswell after he moved his truck across the dirt road.

The body of Paul Oliver was recovered by wardens early Wednesday morning.

In Dexter people were evacuated from their homes when the east branch of the Sebasticook River spilled over its banks, flooding Lincoln, Water and Liberty streets.

Numerous roads were temporarily closed around the state due to the flooding resulting from ice jams or runoff from area fields, including a section of Route 161 in St. Francis along the St. John River.

By the weekend, ice jams along the St. John River had broken up and the weather service was reporting flood risks from ice jams had decreased dramatically.

Threats of potential spring floods remain over portions of the state where rivers are running high and a rapid snowmelt or heavy precipitation could bring those levels even higher, according to the weather service.

Dry conditions are expected over the next several days but there is some rain in the extended forecast.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/20/outdoors/flood-warnings-still-in-effect-in-somerset-penobscot-counties/ printed on December 26, 2014