Minor to Moderate Flooding Expected in Many Areas: Turn Around, Don't Drown


April 15, 2014

4:30 PM


Flood watches remain in place across all of Maine through Wednesday in response to warm temperatures, snowmelt and today's rain event. The National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou, Maine have also posted flood warnings for specific river systems including the Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot, Sandy and Carrabassett.

Wind Advisories are also in place for the entire coast of Maine and downeast areas, for this evening into Wednesday morning.

Flooding on roadways has already been reported in areas of Aroostook and Piscataquis Counties. Flooded roadways are likely to be encountered in numerous locations through this event.

Ice jam flooding is possible in northern areas. Ice jam flooding cannot be forecast. If you see an area where water appears to be rising rapidly behind a mass of ice, please report it immediately to local authorities or the National Weather Service.

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
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

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 Maine.gov's subscription service.