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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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