Maine Prepares ... for Spring
The Flood of 1987 was devastating to many business and families in Maine. It's easy to forget just how devastating. This photo, from Water and Bond Streets in Augusta, is a reminder. MDOT photo.
Spring is mud season. Spring is "frost heave" season. We're also accustomed to thinking of spring as "flood season" in Maine. Although floods can come at any time, in the late winter and early spring we have snow, frozen ground, no leaves on the trees and ice in rivers, all of which increase the risk of flooding when spring rains arrive.
Here are some useful links for "flood season", along with entries from our own library for flood safety and preparedness. And remember, a Maine spring also often features winter-like storms, so don't lose touch with Winter Safety Tips.
Hazards of the Season
- Alternative Heat Source Safety
- Carbon Monoxide Safety in Power Outages
- Chain Saw Safety
- Flood and Flash Flood Safety
- Flood Preparedness
- Flood Safety: Turn Around, Don't Drown
- Flood: Cleaning Linens and Bedding
- Flood: Cleaning the Home or Business Property
- Flood: Cleaning your Clothes
- Flood: Dishes and Utensils
- Flood: Drying Books and Valuable Papers
- Flood: Record Keeping After the Flood
- Flood: Returning Home After the Flood
- Flood: Watch, Warning and Advisory Criteria
- Hurricane: Before, During and After the Storm
- Lightning: Awareness and Safety
- Lightning: Outdoor Safety
- Lightning: Questions and Answers
- Lightning: Quick Facts
- Lightning: Safe Shelter and Indoor Safety
- Lightning: The Reality for Lightning Strike Victims
- Lightning: The Science
- Lyme Disease Safety
- Mold: Clean-up
- Mold: Questions and Answers
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Summer Storms: Watch, Warning and Advisory Criteria
For More Information
- Maine River Flow Advisory Commission: Riverwatch
- Your gateway to real-time river and weather information
- Flood Watches, Warnings and Statements
- from the National Weather Service
- Maine Floodplain Management Program
- Information on floodplain management in Maine, and the National Flood Insurance Program
- FEMA: Flood Facts
- Steps to take after receiving a flood warning, what to do during a flood, and after-flood tips for repairing your home.
- American Red Cross Disaster Services - Flooding
- How to recognize flood warnings to preparation, management and after-flood tips from the American Red Cross.
- Information and tips from The Weather Channel
- Evaluating risk and what to do before, during and after a flood from The Weather Channel.
- National Weather Service Flood Safety Page
- Definitions, tips for early warning and steps to take during a flood from The National Weather Service.
- Reducing Water Damage After a Flood
- Tips from the Institute for Business and Home Safety/Disastersafety.org