Friday, 12 January 2018 15:32

Thaw unlikely to trigger flooding Featured

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BANGOR - This break in the severe cold weather has some people wondering whether flooding may be right Around the river bend.

A January thaw, that's quite common. In fact, it's quite welcome. Emergency management officials say it's highly unlikely this thaw will bring any major flooding along with it.


As the fog crept into the region Thursday night and through the day Friday, it combined with the rain to shrink once mighty snowbanks.


"We're really not anticipating any major ice jams or ice break-ups or ice-thaw like that, on smaller streams or brooks that might happen," said Michelle Tanguay, Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency director.


Still, emergency management officials throughout the state will monitor flood-prone waters.


"We will be watching for ice jams. You know, because we'll probably see some ice movement. And when the temperature drops again then we'll see some freezing," said Susan Faloon, spokesperson for the Maine Emergency Management



Whether rivers, streams or brooks overflow, with the return to freezing temperatures, people should take some precautions.


Tanguay said, "Make sure you have dirt, or sand, or salt for your walks and your driveways. Make sure everything is shoveled off as best you can."


Milford's public works department spent Friday opening fire hydrants, insuring they were drained before the temperatures dropped.


"So we opened up all our drains yesterday, so we shouldn't have a problem with water," said Alton Huston, a member of the Milford Public Works Department..


With all the rain that's forecast fishermen are being advised to check the Maine Department of Marine Resources website for areas potentially closed by flooding.


TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.