Northeast Aroostook Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Areal Flood Warning
Statement as of 9:58 AM EDT on April 16, 2014

...The Flood Warning remains in effect until 300 PM EDT for urban areas and small streams in Aroostook County...

**a Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.**

Although the colder temperatures have slowed the snowmelt from yesterday...flooding continues across much of the County this morning. An ice jam remains in place just downstream of Fort Fairfield. With runoff decreasing and colder temperatures...this jam will likely remain in place through today. This jam is causing flooding along many roads in and around Fort Fairfield. At this time...the list of closed roads includes but is not limited to:

The 1a bridge Grimes Road Main Street at puddledock currier Road Page Avenue Dorsey Road Riverside Drive Strickland Road

In addition...Route 161 between Fort Fairfield and Caribou is also being watched closely and may need to be closed if the water continues to rise.

Other closed roads around the region include:

In caribou:

River Road is partially flooded Roosevelt Avenue is partially flooded Caribou Lake Road is partially flooded

In washburn:

Route 164 near Aroostook hospitality inn Annis Road

In presque isle:

Henderson Road at fair Junction Chandler Road at #78 Egypt Road

In limestone:

Ward Road is partially closed Grand Falls Road is partially closed

In mapleton:

Pulcifer Road Hughes Road

In bridgewater: Route 1 partially closed

In houlton:

Route 2 by Porter settlement Road

Many other roads are either partially or totally closed due to flooding. Please remember...you should never cross a flooded Road. Obey all Road closure signs and do not drive around or move barricades. Persons are urged to stay away from all ice jams and flooded rivers and streams.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the Road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice...turn around...dont drown.

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714 am EDT Wed Apr 16 2014

The National Weather Service in Caribou Maine has issued a

* Flood Warning for the Aroostook River below Masardis. * Until Thursday morning...or until the warning is cancelled. * At 7:00 am this morning, the stage was 17.7 feet. * Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 17.0 feet. * Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by early tomorrow.

1049 PM EDT Tue Apr 15 2014

...Flood Warning extended until late Wednesday night...the Flood Warning continues for the Big Black River near Big Black * until late Wednesday night...or until the warning is cancelled. * At 10:30 PM Tuesday the stage was 11.4 feet * minor flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 12.0 feet. * Forecast...continue to rise to near 13.8 feet by after midnight tomorrow. The river will fall below flood stage by tomorrow evening.

Areal Flood Watch
Statement as of 4:46 AM EDT on April 16, 2014

...Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of east central Maine...north central Maine... northern Maine...southeast Maine and west central Maine... including the following areas...in east central Maine... central Penobscot...northern Penobscot and southern Penobscot. In north central Maine...central Piscataquis...northern Piscataquis and southern Piscataquis. In northern Maine... northeast Aroostook...Northwest Aroostook and southeast Aroostook. In southeast Maine...central Washington...coastal Hancock...coastal Washington...interior Hancock and northern Washington. In west central Maine...northern Somerset.

* Through this evening

* reports of flooded roads continue as the mild temperatures and heavy rainfall on Wednesday lead to rapid snowmelt with some roads being closed and culverts being damaged.

* Ice had broken up and was moving on the rivers especially the Saint John, Aroostook and Piscataquis rivers. An ice jam remains on the Aroostook River at Fort Fairfield. All streams and rivers continue rise steadily including the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers. Colder temperatures expected today into tonight will slow the rising waters.

* Flooding can rapidly develop in the vicinity of ice jams. Those with interests along rivers and streams should remain alert for ice jams and possible flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:35 am EDT on April 16, 2014

The following are unofficial observations taken during the past 24 hours for the storm that has been affecting our region. Appreciation is extended to Highway departments...cooperative observers...cwop observers...Skywarn spotters...facebook fans...and media for these reports. This summary is also available on our home Page at weather.Gov/Caribou

********************storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments snowfall of /inches/ measurement

Maine

...Aroostook County... Lille 5 SSE 2.5 553 am 4/16 Sherman 2.0 619 am 4/16 Houlton 1 S 1.5 704 am 4/16 Lille 1.2 705 am 4/16 co-op observer Fort Kent - coop 1.0 735 am 4/16 co-op observer Island Falls 1.0 713 am 4/16 Caribou 1 N 0.5 756 am 4/16 Van Buren - coop 0.5 735 am 4/16 co-op observer

...Hancock County... Southwest Harbor 2 S 0.8 828 am 4/16

...Penobscot County... Levant 2.5 750 am 4/16 co-op observer Millinocket WWTP 1.0 630 am 4/16 co-op observer

...Piscataquis County... Dover-Foxcroft - coo 1.5 720 am 4/16 co-op observer Kingbury 2 SSE 1.5 643 am 4/16

**********************24 hour snowfall**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments snowfall of /inches/ measurement

Maine

...Aroostook County... New Sweden 5 NNW 1.5 630 am 4/16

...Penobscot County... Newport 3 ESE 2.0 700 am 4/16