Coastal flooding that battered sections of the Midcoast last week was the most severe in memory, according to a local harbormaster.

The Jan. 4 blizzard produced copious amounts of snow and strong winds, but the high tide was the most notable aspect of this storm.

St. George Harbormaster David Schmanska is collecting from the public videos and photos of the flooding caused by the high tidec. He has been harbormaster for more than 15 years, and previously lived on Islesboro for 20 years. He said the flooding both in Port Clyde and Lincolnville Beach was the most severe he has witnessed.

"This far exceeded anything I've seen. There was a lot of land under water. This makes me wonder what we will be facing in 50 to 100 years," Schmanska said.

The harbormaster said he has yet to receive report of damages, but is trying to gather information to provide to the town and Knox County Emergency Management Agency.

Knox County EMA said there were reports of flooding from the astronomical high tide and storm surge in Port Clyde, the Rackliff Island causeway in St. George, Vinalhaven and Lincolnville Beach.

Rockland Harbormaster Matthew Ripley said there was flooding in a section of Snow Marine Park, but he has not received reports of damage to any waterfront facilities..

The National Weather Service reported the 13.79-foot tide in Portland Harbor Jan. 4 was the third-highest on record. The two tides that surpassed last week's storm occurred within a month of each other — Jan. 9, 1978, when the tide was 13.98 feet and the Blizzard of 1978 that produced a 14.17-foot tide.

A buoy located off Monroe Island reported a 9.1-foot wave at 4 p.m. Jan. 4. The intense storm that traveled up the coast produced a 52-foot wave off Nova Scotia, according to the Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said the tide last week was a half-foot more than the Patriot's Day storm of April 16, 2007, which saw flooding along the coast. The Spruce Head Island bridge was damaged in that storm.

Rockland took the unusual step in last week's blizzard of shutting off access to Marie "Sis" Reed Park at the end of Samoset Road, and the Rockland Breakwater, because of the risk from storm surge and waves for people venturing out to watch the storm. Police also issued a rare parking emergency, banning cars from parking on the sides of the streets at 9 p.m., rather than the regular 1 a.m. ban

The storm led to the closure of schools and government offices. Some businesses did not open for the day, while many others closed early.

Snowfall amounts varied greatly. Bath received 10 inches and Belfast 14 inches, but Swans Island only recorded 5 inches. There were numerous reports of vehicles off the road, but no serious car crashes locally.

Esperanza Stancioff, associate professor at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will speak Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland, about how Earth's climate is changing, in what ways it might change in the future, and some projects going on to adapt to these changes. Coastal and marine areas of concern will be highlighted.

The talk is open to the public.