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Aroostook County flooding dies down, but Portage remains affected

PORTAGE, Maine — While the threat of flooding in Aroostook County has diminished in most areas, some Portage homes and camps were being affected Thursday by rising water.

Town officials are reporting flooding along the shores of Portage Lake, according to Darren Woods, director of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency.

“I am not sure how many places have been impacted at this point,” he said. “I just know that some homes up there along the lake shore are surrounded by water and some of the camps have water up to them.”

Aroostook County bridge reopens as water level recedes, but heavy rain is in the forecast

The Maine Department of Transportation reopened the Fish River Bridge in Fort Kent Wednesday morning as water levels receded in the Fish River. Though more heavy rain is expected Friday night into Saturday, officials are cautiously optimistic about avoiding major flooding this spring.

Flooding strikes communities across Aroostook County

Despite little additional rainfall predicted for Sunday, law enforcement and Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency reported additional road closures across the region.

A flood warning was in effect for rain and snowmelt for southeastern Aroostook County in northern Maine and northeastern Penobscot County in east central Maine until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police reported flooding in Bancroft, Caribou, Easton, Island Falls, Presque Isle and Washburn.

Rainfall, melting snow leads to flooding concerns in Maine

As rain continues to fall Saturday, the combination of warmer temperatures and melting snow has prompted meteorologists to issue flood warnings for parts of the state this weekend.

All of southern, western and most of coastal Maine, with the exception of York County, is under a flood watch until further notice, according to a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Gray.

Residents of Aroostook watching ice jams, melting snow

CARIBOU, Maine — Residents of Aroostook County are watching area rivers and streams as ice jams, melting ice and impending rain could lead to rising rivers and potential flooding in some areas.

Greg Cornwell, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Caribou, said that a wet weather pattern is expected through next week, with rainfall amounts expected to range from 1 to 3 inches. The highest totals will be across northern areas.

The combination of rain and snowmelt will lead to significant rises on streams this weekend, he said Saturday.

Aroostook County faces ‘significant flood threat’ from wet weekend forecast

WASHBURN, Maine — Rising water levels, snowmelt and a forecast of rain this weekend pose a “significant flood threat to all of Aroostook County,” according to Aroostook Emergency Management Agency Director Darren Woods.

On Thursday morning, the National Weather Service office in Caribou issued an advisory for the Washburn area, reporting that the Aroostook River was at 18.25 feet, which is in the moderate flood stage.

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