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Areal Flood Warning
Statement as of 10:42 PM EDT on April 16, 2014

The National Weather Service in Caribou Maine has extended the

* Flood Warning for urban areas and small streams in... northern Penobscot County in east central Maine... this includes the cities of...Millinocket...Lincoln...Howland... Piscataquis County in north central Maine... this includes the cities of...ripogenus...Mount Katahdin... Guilford...Greenville...Dover-Foxcroft...Brownville Junction... Baxter St park... northwestern Washington County in southeast Maine... this includes the city of Vanceboro...

* until 745 am EDT Thursday

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However...all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

Rivers and streams across the warning area are still flowing very high this afternoon. While the worst of the ice appears to have flushed out from many area rivers...there are still ice jams being reported. These include one on the East Branch of the Penobscot river just upstream of Medway...and one on the Mattawamkeag River as seen by the Maine Forest service. Additional ice jams will be possible until all the ice is completely flushed out of the rivers.

Flooding due to snowmelt and runoff from yesterdays' rain also continues. Many roads remain closed across the region. These include but are not limited to:

In milo: -pleasant River Bridge -Lakeview Road -Medford Road -north stage coach Road

In medford: -Paddy Hill Road -north Road Alder Brook

North Howland Road in Howland

River Road in Willimantic

River Road in abbot

Downs Road in Sebec

Wilson stream Road in eliotsville

Lily Bay Road in Greenville

Ticker Ridge Road between prentis and Webster Plantation

Bancroft Road in Reed Plantation

In addition...there are still concerns regarding the Cold Stream dam near Lincoln. Persons in and around this area...including along Stanhope Mill Road...should remain alert for rapidly changing conditions.

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 flooded rivers and streams.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

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Areal Flood Watch
Statement as of 10:32 PM EDT on April 16, 2014

...Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday afternoon...

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 Thursday afternoon

* while the intrusion of much colder and drier air has helped slow runoff and improve conditions across the region...many roads remain closed due to flooding.

* Ice had broken up and was moving on the rivers especially the Saint John... Aroostook and Piscataquis rivers. An ice jam on the Aroostook River at Fort Fairfield had moved into New Brunswick earlier Wednesday afternoon and now threatens interests in western New Brunswick. There is still a possible ice jam near Masardis and earlier water was reported 16 inches deep in Oxbow flats. Many streams and rivers continue to rise including the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers. Colder temperatures tonight will slow the rising waters but the threat of flooding continues and 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.