GRAY, Maine — Soaking rain and gusty winds rolled through the state Tuesday, with up to 4 inches of rain falling in some areas.

According to the National Weather Service, Falmouth received the most rainfall, picking up 4.27 inches, while 3.64 inches of rain fell at the Portland International Jetport.

Lisbon Falls checked in at 3.73 inches, and West Gardiner received 3.49 inches, according to the weather service. Heavy rain started to taper off Tuesday afternoon.

Flood watches remained in effect for Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Waldo,Cumberland, Lincoln, Knox and Sagadahoc counties, and are expected to remain in effect through Wednesday morning.

The rain caused a culvert to become plugged in Ellsworth, washing out Dollard Farm Way to the point where the road was impassable, according to Ellsworth Police Chief Chris Coleman.

Dollard Farm Way is a private development off Route 1 that has at least 10 houses, according to Coleman.

“The culvert was plugged and the rain had nowhere to go,” Coleman said.

Maine Department of Transportation officials were expected to be working most of the day to rectify the problem.

According to the MDOT’s website, Route 4 has been closed in both directions 4 miles east of the Phillips area, while Route 41 at Main Street in Vienna has been closed, also in both directions. Route 225 near Smithfield is also closed, according to the MDOT.

Also closed because of flooding is Route 204 in Lamoine, between Mud Creek Road and Route 184, and Route 192 at Whitneyville, the MDOT reported.

The wet, windy weather apparently caused scattered power outages that as of about 8:30 p.m., were affecting nearly 1,500 Emera Maine customers — 1,451 of them in Dennysville, Edmunds, Edmunds Township, Lubec, Trescott, Trescott Township and Whiting, the utility showed on a live outage map.

Outages in other areas affected fewer than 30 customers per community, Emera Maine reported.

The cause for all those outages remained under investigation as of 8:45 p.m. Emera Maine expected to have power restored by 9:30 p.m. in the hardest hit locale and by midnight everywhere else, barring any unforeseen snags.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.


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