June 04, 2020
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Snowmelt, ice breakup lead to flooding in Aroostook County

Paula Brewer | Star-Herald
Paula Brewer | Star-Herald
Broken ice floats down the Presque Isle Stream Saturday, April 4, as two Canada geese perch on a floe.

This story will be updated.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — As warmer days increase and ice and snow melt, rivers and streams are already overflowing their banks in some locations.

The National Weather Service in Caribou extended an earlier flood advisory on Tuesday afternoon until 4 a.m. Wednesday, saying an ice jam continued to cause minor flooding on the North Caribou road at the Grimes Road area.

Fort Fairfield officials had closed down a portion of the road early Monday due to minor flooding. The road remained closed Tuesday morning, and the Fort Fairfield Police Department also reported the North Caribou Road closed at the Strickland Road.

Aroostook River ice flowed heavily past Crouseville Monday morning and was moving on the St. John River, according to community posts on the Aroostook County Flood Watch Facebook page, moderated by Aroostook County Emergency Management.

Reports from the page on Tuesday indicated a long ice jam on the Aroostook River in the Washburn-Wade area had remained static overnight.

The NWS office in Caribou indicated no areas of major flooding in Aroostook County as of Tuesday morning.

The NWS in Gray reported the Mattawamkeag River at Mattawamkeag and the Kennebec River at Skowhegan to be near flood stage Tuesday, with no areas of flooding for the Piscataquis, Penobscot, Kennebec, Androscoggin or other major state rivers.

Weather officials said an impending storm system on Thursday could bring accumulating heavy, wet snow to portions of northern Maine, while snowmelt and rainfall could lead to rising waters in other parts of the state.



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