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Minor to Moderate Flooding Expected in Many Areas: Turn Around, Don't Drown
April 15, 2014
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:
Last update: 07/20/10
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