Images of the 2008 Fort Kent flood

Posted March 25, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
A confluence of Fish River and St. John River overspill could be seen on East Main Street in downtown Fort Kent on April 30, 2008.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
A confluence of Fish River and St. John River overspill could be seen on East Main Street in downtown Fort Kent on April 30, 2008. Buy Photo
Alisha Theriault of Fort Kent hugs her dog Taz after checking a submerged section of Route 161 in Fort Kent in 2008 while trying to drive toward St. Francis, where she grew up and her mother, Liela Jandreau, resided. Her mother, a rural mail carrier, was unable to retrieve mail because of the flooding from the St. John River.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Alisha Theriault of Fort Kent hugs her dog Taz after checking a submerged section of Route 161 in Fort Kent in 2008 while trying to drive toward St. Francis, where she grew up and her mother, Liela Jandreau, resided. Her mother, a rural mail carrier, was unable to retrieve mail because of the flooding from the St. John River. Buy Photo
Vernon Ouellette points to a map Wednesday showing the flooded areas in Fort Kent at the command center at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent in 2008. Joining Ouellette at the command center were (from left) Maine Warden Sgt. Dan Menard, scene commander; Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond (background); Maine Emergency Management Agency state dam inspector Tony Fletcher; and Gov. John Baldacci.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Vernon Ouellette points to a map Wednesday showing the flooded areas in Fort Kent at the command center at Lonesome Pine Trails in Fort Kent in 2008. Joining Ouellette at the command center were (from left) Maine Warden Sgt. Dan Menard, scene commander; Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond (background); Maine Emergency Management Agency state dam inspector Tony Fletcher; and Gov. John Baldacci.
A submerged car remained in a parking lot of B&M Apartments and a Head Start program office off East Main Street in Fort Kent as the Fish River flooded into downtown Fort Kent on April 30, 2008.
JOHN CLARKE RUSS | BDN
A submerged car remained in a parking lot of B&M Apartments and a Head Start program office off East Main Street in Fort Kent as the Fish River flooded into downtown Fort Kent on April 30, 2008. Buy Photo
Fort Kent firefighters Curtis Saucier (left) and Michael Daigle stand atop a Fire Department tanker truck while assisting with the evacuation of the B&M Apartments on East Main Street after the Fish River spilled over its banks in downtown Fort Kent in 2008.
Beurmond Banville | BDN
Fort Kent firefighters Curtis Saucier (left) and Michael Daigle stand atop a Fire Department tanker truck while assisting with the evacuation of the B&M Apartments on East Main Street after the Fish River spilled over its banks in downtown Fort Kent in 2008.
Sue Roy and her husband, James Ouellette, look at their backyard, which remained submerged on May 1, 2008. They say they were the only residents to remain in their home on East Main Street after their neighbors were evacuated earlier in the week due to the flood. &quotIt's going to be one heck of a clean-up" said Roy.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Sue Roy and her husband, James Ouellette, look at their backyard, which remained submerged on May 1, 2008. They say they were the only residents to remain in their home on East Main Street after their neighbors were evacuated earlier in the week due to the flood. "It's going to be one heck of a clean-up" said Roy. Buy Photo

FORT KENT, Maine — In late April of 2008, the St. John and Fish rivers rose to record levels, which caused extreme damage, closures and the evacuation of at least 600 people.

With 2014’s spring imminent, here is a slideshow of images of the disastrous flooding, which caused damage to the towns and lives of people throughout the Fort Kent area.

 

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