Flood Warning, Watch for Midcoast

Mar 30, 2014
File photo Three years ago in March, local photographer Bob Trapani captured the melt-driven Goose River racing toward Rockport Harbor.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning — meaning flooding is occurring or is imminent — in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for southwestern Knox County and Lincoln County, as well as Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, northern York and southwestern Kennebec counties.

Reports indicate up to an inch of rain has fallen in this area with another inch possible. The combination of melting snow and rainfall will cause small rivers and streams to rise rapidly in the warning area, and ponding on roads also can be expected in areas of poor drainage. Most flood related deaths occur in automobiles. Do not attempt to cross water covered bridges, dips or low water crossings. Never try to cross a flowing stream, even a small one, on foot. To escape rising water, move up to higher ground.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, in effect from late Saturday night through 2 p.m. Monday, March 29 to 31, due to heavy rain, snow melt and ice jams (the Watch area also includes Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc and southern Oxford counties, as well as parts of New Hampshire).

Slow moving low pressure will bring 1-1/2 to 3 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts. This excessive rainfall and snowmelt may cause flooding on rivers, small creeks and in urban areas. Ice may begin moving on some rivers, so ice jams may also present a flood threat.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be alert for possible flood warnings and be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

The Warnings/Advisories tab of VillageSoup’s Weather link always carries current advisories for Midcoast Maine.

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