Warning issued after Mattawamkeag River rises above flood level

Posted April 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
A lonely bench on Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag sits along the rising Mattawamkeag River on Friday.
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A lonely bench on Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag sits along the rising Mattawamkeag River on Friday.
An unidentified couple canoes Wednesday near the bleachers of Hosmer Field in Rumford, which normally serves as the Mountain Valley Falcons football field and track. The Androscoggin River, although it appears to be receding, swelled over its banks this week.
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An unidentified couple canoes Wednesday near the bleachers of Hosmer Field in Rumford, which normally serves as the Mountain Valley Falcons football field and track. The Androscoggin River, although it appears to be receding, swelled over its banks this week.
Ice was flowing beneath the international bridge in Fort Kent Friday morning. An ice jam several miles up the St. John River broke up late Thursday night and arrived in Fort Kent by 10:30 p.m.
Julia Bayly
Ice was flowing beneath the international bridge in Fort Kent Friday morning. An ice jam several miles up the St. John River broke up late Thursday night and arrived in Fort Kent by 10:30 p.m. Buy Photo
Officials had worried the five columns offset from each other on the old and new international bridges in Fort Kent could create an jam when ice ran on the St. John River this year. As of Friday morning, massive quantities of ice had flowed through with no issues.
Julia Bayly
Officials had worried the five columns offset from each other on the old and new international bridges in Fort Kent could create an jam when ice ran on the St. John River this year. As of Friday morning, massive quantities of ice had flowed through with no issues. Buy Photo
Large chunks of ice hit against, but easily pass around the concrete piers of the old and new international bridges over the St. John River in Fort Kent.
Julia Bayly
Large chunks of ice hit against, but easily pass around the concrete piers of the old and new international bridges over the St. John River in Fort Kent. Buy Photo
A resident watches the ice flow down the St. John River Friday morning in Fort Kent.
Julia Bayly
A resident watches the ice flow down the St. John River Friday morning in Fort Kent. Buy Photo
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 Friday morning.
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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 Friday morning. Buy Photo

CARIBOU, Maine — Less than 24 hours after Orono residents experienced flooding because of the cresting Stillwater River, parts of the Mattawamkeag River in northern Penobscot County was cresting.

The National Weather Service’s Caribou office issued a flood warning for the river. At noon Friday, the river’s stage was 16.1 feet, well above the flood stage of 13.5 feet.

The weather service said later Friday afternoon that the flood warning was expected to remain in effect until at least Sunday afternoon.

The river was expected to continue to hold through Friday and steadily recede below flood stages by Sunday afternoon, according to the weather service.

Portions of Lancaster Road in Kingman were affected by flooding, the weather service said. River Road in Mattawamkeag also may be threatened by flood waters.

In addition to the Mattawamkeag River, the weather service said the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield is above flood levels, prompting warnings in that area.

In Dexter, lower Lincoln Street remains closed to traffic, along with the entrance to the municipal parking lot, Town Manager Shelley Watson said Friday.

Watson said removing culverts helped withstand flood waters.

“There’s no more drama today that I’m aware of,” she said.

The weather service’s Gray office also canceled a flood warning along the Androscoggin River near Auburn.

As of 7 a.m., the river’s stage was listed at 12.7 feet, just below the flood stage of 13 feet.

The river was expected to continue to fall throughout the day. The weather service also canceled a warning on the Kennebec River.

High temperatures, rainfall and ice jams have been responsible for flooding throughout the state over the last few weeks. One person has died in northern Aroostook County after being swept away by floodwaters.

Water was flowing freely in the St. John River around the bridges in Fort Kent on Friday.

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