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It's a Mess: Maine in for a Major Winter-Spring Storm

 

February 25, 2010

11:00 AM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Maine Emergency Management Agency urges Mainers to put safety uppermost as a mixed bag of dangerous weather will continue to affect the State into the weekend.

“The National Weather Service has issued watches, warnings and advisories on conditions including street and small stream flooding in southern and central areas, high winds, coastal flooding at times of high tide, and heavy snowfall in the mountains,” MEMA Director Rob McAleer said. “It’s critical to stay tuned to National Weather Service and local forecasts for your area, because the hazards will be different depending on where you are.”

As of Thursday morning utilities were already reporting scattered power outages in areas hit by heavy, wet snow. With high winds predicted for Thursday afternoon and evening, power outages are expected to increase.

MEMA, County Emergency Management Agencies, utilities and state response agencies were briefed by the National Weather Service in a conference call earlier today.

“Emergency managers and utilities statewide have put response contingency plans together for the next few days, and individuals, families and businesses should too.” McAleer said.

Mainers are reminded to:

  • Monitor weather forecasts closely for expected conditions in your area
  • Stay clear of flooded roadways. Respect all barricades, and report flooded areas to local officials
  • Use extreme care driving in wintry conditions. Stay off the roads if possible.
  • If the power goes out, use generators and alternate heat sources safely. Never run a generator in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning may result.
  • Continue to keep roofs clear of snow. Snowfall may be heavy and wet. Make sure heating system vents are clear also, to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up in the home.
  • Protect outside oil tanks from snow and ice falling from the roof. Serious oil spills can result
  • Check on neighbors, family and friends who may need special assistance to clear snow and to weather the storm

The headwaters areas of major rivers such as the Androscoggin, Saco and Kennebec are receiving snow from this event, so flooding on these rivers is not expected. However, ice jams remain in areas of Franklin and Piscataquis Counties, and these areas will be monitored closely. Flooding is likely on many small rivers and streams and low-lying areas in the central and coastal areas of the state.

The jam on the Kennebec River above Gardiner has weakened, and developed a channel through the ice. Though the risk of flooding from this jam is greatly reduced, ice sensors have been placed on the remains of the jam to ensure that further ice movement can be monitored.

Important phone numbers and web sites:

  • Urgent emergency assistance: Dial 911
  • Report power outages: Your electrical utility
  • Road conditions: Dial 511 or visit http://www.511maine.gov
  • Emergency shelter locations (if needed) and other referrals: Dial 211
  • Safety and preparedness information, and links to weather forecasts: http://www.maineprepares.com

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10