Tree blocks Rockland street, storm brings minor flooding to Vinalhaven School

By Stephen Betts | Sep 11, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts A large limb from a willow tree fell Tuesday morning, Sept. 11.

Rockland — A large limb from a willow tree broke off Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, and has blocked a South End intersection.

The limb broke shortly after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Crescent and Suffolk streets.

The tree is across Crescent Street. It did not strike any people, wires, or buildings when it fell.

A Rockland police cruiser is at the scene and a Public Works crew was called to cut up the limb and reopen the road.

Elsewhere in Knox County, heavy rains flooded the storm drains at Vinalhaven School, causing water to flow into the school's main office, lobby and library, according to Roy Crawford, superintendent of School Administrative District 8. Overhall, he said, the flooding was "pretty minor stuff," with just some minor carpet damage resulting.

Crawford said teachers and staff helped mop up the water until the first department arrived and set up pumps to direct water from the main storm drawn downhill to the ballfield, away from the school. The classrooms remained dry, he said, and students were safe. He said the flooding began about 9 a.m. and was contained within an hour or so. Storm drains will be checked for blockages, he added, noting that this was the first time the school had experienced a flood in its 15 years.

According to VillageSoup Meteorologist Tyler Southard, this has been the biggest widespread rain event the Midcoast has seen since the spring. "An area of low pressure and slow moving cold front has ushered moisture into New England stemming from the remnants of Gordon that made landfall along the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm last week. Rain began falling just after sunset on Monday and reached a peak during the early morning hours on Tuesday with spotty showers continuing into the afternoon. Most locations over the southern half of Maine saw rainfall totals between 1.5" to 2.5" while the Midcoast and coastal Downeast Maine saw some spots climbing between 4" and 6". This amount of rainfall in a short period of time is resulting in some ponding and localized flash flooding. The rain will help to slow or reverse drought conditions that have been steadily developing over the summer. The forecast for the remainder of the week and through the weekend will be mainly dry with Hurricane Florence expected to remain well to the south" says Southard.

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