Maine River Flow Advisory Commission Meets in Augusta


April 6, 2017


Above Normal Chance of Minor Flooding Over Next Ten Days

AUGUSTA, MAINE —The State’s River Flow Advisory Commission met today in Augusta to discuss ice conditions and flood risk across the state.

“Given the snowpack and predicted precipitation over the next ten days we have an above normal chance of minor flooding but do not foresee significant flooding at this time,” said Bob Lent of the USGS.

Tom Hawley of the NWS Gray Office noted that “Flood potential will continue to be assessed until all of the snow in Maine is gone”.

Representatives from the National Weather Service stated that the six to ten day forecast calls for above normal temperatures and below normal to normal precipitation over the period.

The drought has improved somewhat since March. The major period for ground water recharge usually occurs in April. The USGS will be monitoring this natural process closely to determine if Maine continues in drought conditions.

Higher than normal levels of precipitation combined with a slow, gradual melt would be ideal conditions for eliminating the drought, according to a U.S. Geological Survey representative.

MEMA requests that Maine residents remain aware of weather conditions throughout this spring period.

The River Flow Advisory Commission is not expected to meet again unless conditions warrant.



Susan Faloon