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FACT SHEET: Aroostook County and State Flooding UPDATED

Route 1 Detour Map

 

May 1, 2008

3:15 PM

 

Date: May 1, 2008, 3:00 pm

  • Historic high flooding on the St. John River in Aroostook County continues, although rivers continue to recede

  • Major focus is Aroostook River at Masardis, Van Buren and Washburn; Penobscot River at West Enfield and Eddington; Squaw Pan Dam; and Saco River in Cornish

  • Dams in Washburn (Aroostook County) continue to be monitored

Shelter:

  • U-Maine Fort Kent, 43 Pleasant Street, Fort Kent

Transportation

From MaineDOT:

  • Damage from heavy flooding has forced the closure of Route 11 from Patten to Knowles Corner in Moro Plantation. Flooding from the West Branch of the Pasadumkeag River damaged the bridge supports of Tucker Bridge, dropping the bridge seven inches. MaineDOT crews will construct a temporary bridge until permanent repairs can be made. MaineDOT crews are currently replacing culverts and repairing washouts on that section of Route 11 and will start construction of the bridge soon. If repairs go as planned, that section of Route 11 will reopen next weekend.

  • Currently, there are four bridges that are closed due to flood damage. They are the International Bridge in Fort Kent, Fish Bridge in Fort Kent, International Bridge in Van Buren and Tucker Bridge in Moro Plantation. These bridges will remain closed until they are inspected by MaineDOT engineers. Engineers need to wait for the waters to recede before they can inspect underwater bridge support systems, as well as the understories of these bridges.

  • MaineDOT reports 45 roads across the state affected or closed

  • A section of Route 1 between Fort Kent and Madawaska is CLOSED, detour map attached.

General

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be assisting State and Local officials with damage and needs assessment.

  • Evacuated residents from Fort Kent to remain in shelters until Army Corps concludes its evaluation of the St. John River levee

  • State Offices in St. John Valley, including Fort Kent, Van Buren and Madawaska, remain closed today, May 1, 2008

  • State Emergency Operations Center continues activation; will close at 8:00 pm this evening and re-open Friday morning.

  • State agencies onsite include Departments of Agriculture, Conservation, Environmental Protection, Health & Human Services, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Transportation

  • US Army Corps of Engineers being transported to Fort kent by the Civil Air Patrol to inspect the downtown levee.

  • Department of Health & Human Services to coordinate the distribution of drinking water test kits

  • Department of Agriculture Food Inspector’s set to inspect flood damage foods at commercial businesses and assist with the disposal operations

Safety Messages:

  • Continue to adhere to official instructions or orders
  • Avoid all flooded roadways; respect all barricades; roads are damaged and dangerous
  • Adhere to Department of Health & Human Services recommendations to disinfect well water drinking and have water tested if concerned about contamination (see safety message online at:

http://www.maine.gov/mema/memanewsdisplay.shtml?id=54997

For More Information:

  • For emergency assistance: dial 911
  • For safety and recovery information: dial 211
  • For road conditions: dial 511 or visit http://www.511maine.gov
  • For emergency preparedness and safety information, visit Maine Prepares at http;//www.maineprepares.com

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
207-624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10