BANGOR- Emergency management officials are keeping an eye on the sky and the melting snow.
They say the combination is creating the potential for flooding.
In the coming weeks, emergency officials are urging Maine citizens to look out for potential floods.
To combat that problem, the U.S Coast Guard began operation “Spring Breakout” on the Penobscot and the Kennebec Rivers.
Susan Faloon, the Public Information Officer for the Maine Emergency Management Agency (M.E.M.A), states that the operation helps against the dangerous ice jams
“It breaks it up, it helps prevents some of those ice jams and when those ice jams happen, it kind of just jams up and then the water reroutes and that can cause some flooding,” Faloon said. “That can happen pretty quickly without warning, so it’s a good idea to stay on top of that.”
With the four different tugs, the Coast Guard smashes and rams the ice into pieces to clear up the rivers and mitigate flood risks.
And the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A) has a way for Mainers to stay up to date on potential flood risks.
“F.E.M.A has an app you can get on your phone that’s free. You can download it and you can get alerts and warnings from the five different counties in the state of Maine, or actually anywhere,” Faloon said.
Most of the danger is in Aroostook County but with snow melting and rain coming down, officials urge people to watch out for dangerous water levels.
Officials say roads can become flooded quickly and they urge people be cautious.
“It’s never a good idea to drive down a flooded roadway, turn around. If there’s a barricade don’t ignore the barricade,” said Faloon. “Unfortunately, drowning deaths are one of the biggest causes of natural disaster-related deaths and they are completely preventable if people take the right steps.”