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"Watch" Out: Flood Watches Posted for Western and Southern Maine This Weekend


June 1, 2012


The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has issued a Flood Watch for southern and western section of Maine for Saturday evening through late Sunday night.

As Mainers and visitors prepare to enjoy the great outdoors this weekend, the Maine Emergency Management Agency reminds everyone to stay aware of current conditions. Whether you are camping, hiking or just driving Maine's scenic roads, if flooding occurs, take care and stay safe.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding. The concern for this weekend is based on the heavy rainfall that is expected across the area. Up-to-date weather forecasts are available on the MEMA and National Weather Service Gray websites.

Respect the power of water

A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.

Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

Here are some safety tips:

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, valleys, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
  • Respect all barricades in flooded areas
  • Report flooded roads to local authorities
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

NWS Gray has also posted a Coastal Flood Watch for areas of the southern coast for Saturday evening through late Sunday night. Those along the coast should monitor those conditions as well.

For more information on flood safety and preparedness, visit Maine Prepares. You can sign up to receive weather alerts by e-mail or text message through MEMA and's subscription service.



Last update: 07/20/10