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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — As warmer days increase and ice and snow melt, rivers and streams are already overflowing their banks in some locations in Aroostook County.
The National Weather Service in Caribou issued an area flood advisory at 3:43 a.m. Monday effective until 3:45 p.m.
Local law enforcement closed down a portion of Grimes Road, near the Caribou and Fort Fairfield line, due to minor flooding caused by an ice jam on the Aroostook River. The road is not passable, and the NWS advised motorists to turn around when encountering any flooded roadways, adding that most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Aroostook River ice was flowing heavily past Crouseville, according to the Aroostook County Flood Watch Facebook page, moderated by Aroostook County Emergency Management.
Monday’s forecast called for possible scattered rain and snow showers from late afternoon into the evening in Aroostook County, with generally fair conditions around central and southern portions of the state.
Statewide at noon, the NWS office in Caribou indicated no flooding at the St. John River. The NWS in Gray reported the Mattawamkeag River at Mattawamkeag and the Kennebec River at Skowhegan to be near flood stage, with similar conditions in the Portland coastal area. No flooding was reported at that time for the Piscataquis, Penobscot, Androscoggin or other major state rivers.