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More Rain on the Way: Be on the Alert for Flooding

 

March 30, 2010

12:00 PM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reminds Mainers that more rain on the way today means continued flood risk.

Flash Flood Watches or Flood Warnings are posted for all of Maine except Aroostook County and northern sections of Penobscot and Piscataquis. Heavy rains expected later today and tonight, on top of the several inches already received, will likely to push more small rivers and stream out of their banks, and cause flooding in low-lying areas.

Oxford County EMA reports a dam gate failure in the town of Porter, which is currently causing flooding on Route 25 in Porter and other local roads. A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for this area. Oxford EMA reports no life safety concerns at this time.

With safety in mind, officials advise:

  • Stay away from flooded roadways.
  • Respect all markers and barricades.
  • If you encounter an area that is flooded and not marked or closed, please report it to local authorities.
  • Obey all official instructions, including any requests to evacuate.

Road conditions can change rapidly – a road that is currently open may be flooded in a very short time. Serious damage to the road may be hidden by flood water. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. Most flooding deaths are vehicle-related. Find another way around.

In addition, stay well back from rushing water while walking. As little as six inches of rushing water can sweep you off your feet. Keep children and pets away from rushing streams and drainage ditches.

For more information:

  • Dial 511 from your telephone to get a recorded message on road conditions, or visit http://www.511maine.gov
  • For information about flood safety and flood recovery resources, dial 2-1-1
  • For more information on disaster preparedness and safety, visit http://www.maineprepares.com

 

Contact:

MEMA
624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10