After two days, and more than 6 inches of rain, skies were starting to clear in the Midcoast on March 31, but Knox County Emergency Management Director Ray Sisk called on motorists to continue to exercise caution.

Megunticook Watershed Association Executive Director and Lake Warden Ken Bailey said Megunticook Lake and the river were running high and levels were still rising in the afternoon.

“We still have water coming down from the hills and ponds,” Sisk said. “It’s still rising.” Sisk said motorists should avoid driving over flooded roads.

“When there’s fast moving water over a road it doesn’t take a lot to displace a vehicle,” Sisk said. “There’s no way to tell if the road surface is intact under the water.”

Bailey said both of the outlet dams at Megunticook Lake had been sandbagged to reinforce them against the rising water, which at one point reached to within 4 inches of the dam.

“The town is having a dam engineer look at both dams this afternoon to see if there is anything else that can be done to protect property, while at the same time trying to get water levels down as fast as possible,” Bailey wrote in an e-mail message March 31. “All of the dams are secure and holding well at this time.” At 3 p.m. Bailey, the engineer and Camden public safety personnel were checking the water level to see if runoff from inland hills had caused the level to rise even higher.

Bailey warned those with items stored close to the shoreline to move things away from the water’s edge.

“All properties should be checked,” Bailey said. “Not only did we get copious amounts of rain, but high winds Monday night did knock down some trees and cause a few power outages.” He said water levels were being monitored hourly.

Sisk said flooding was also reported on major roads in the area:

  • Route 17 on the town line between Rockport and Hope
  • New County Road (Route 1) in Thomaston between the new Maritime Farms and Dunkin’ Donuts stores
  • The north end of Route 1 in Camden
  • Old County Road in Rockport

 

Rockport Director of Public Works Steve Beveridge said his crew assisted Maine Department of Transportation workers in repairing parts of Old County Road due to the difficulty in getting equipment from the state’s garage in Waldoboro. Beveridge said the DOT will repay Rockport by installing some culverts the town needs.

Although Sisk said there had not been reports of direct damage to property due to the storm, he urged travelers to exercise caution.

“The significant amount of rain we got is the type of precipitation that can cause roadside washouts and culvert damage,” Sisk said.

“The road commissions and public works crews have worked hard to repair past damage,” he said. “We’re less likely to see damage than a couple of years ago because of the work they’ve done to strengthen things up.”