Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:30

Flood watch in place statewide Featured

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STATEWIDE - There's a flood watch in place across the state until tomorrow morning. Officials are keeping an eye on the freezing rain and elevating temperatures.

"We really urge people to pay attention to alerts and warnings that come from the National Weather Service or where ever you may get your weather information," said Susan Faloon, the public information officer for Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

 

With the constant flux in temperatures over the past few weeks, officials are concerned about flooding in the state.

 

"The ice jams are pretty big, they can get worse," said Faloon. "We can start to see some movement on those with the melting and refreezing, so it's very hard to tell. You can have very little warning."

 

Officers from the Augusta Police Department are patrolling Front Street, putting road blocks on the lower parking area due to previous flooding incidents.

 

While a few businesses have decided to close down to due the weather conditions. some decided to brave the rain. The Kenduskeag Plaza in Bangor was closed due to flooding concerns. Officials are encouraging people to take precaution when driving and to avoid being on the roads if possible.

 

"We're asking people to plan ahead. Try to make additional time available as necessary, so that nobody is having to drive faster than necessary," said Lieutenant Kevin Lully, the patrol division commander for the Augusta Police Department. "Roads are slippery. The ground temperatures and air temperatures are different, there are some freezing that's taking place. The rain and temperatures are supposed to elevate, so that's a positive."

 

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