STATEWIDE – The state saw lots of rain over the weekend. With more in the forecast this week, officials are warning of rising waters in our area.
In Augusta, the Kennebec River flooded over the banks covering part of Water Street.
In Penobscot County, rushing river water was visibly high in several areas.
On Route 178 in Bradley, water levels came close to the road. One woman said she’s seen a portion of 178 flood in the past. She said the high levels don’t make her nervous.
“It doesn’t stop us. You know, we live down there so it doesn’t affect us,” said the woman, who didn’t want her face shown on camera.
Just down the road, waters roared behind Spencer’s Ice Cream shop.
“It looked like the water was running faster over the weekend. It was still pretty high,” said Tina Watkins, the bookkeeper for the shop.
New owners took over the business last May. Employees said they haven’t seen the river at its full capacity yet.
“It kinda has us holding our breath and crossing our fingers as we really don’t want it to come up much higher,” said Watkins.
She said the water has come close in the past .
“Back in the early 20’s when it had flooded, there was a boat in front of where the front door is when it was a hat shop,” said Watkins.
The National Weather Service over the weekend issued five flood warnings in Penobscot County and a flood warning continues for the Mattawamkeag River above Mattawamkeag.
“The rivers within the next 24 hours will be cresting either slightly below or well below minor flood stage,” said Michelle Tanguay, Director of the Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency.
Tanguay said the waters levels should go down through the week and there are some road closures.
“In Greenbush, there was a road that was closed due to water over the road,” said Tanguay.
Tanguay said when roads are shut down, take an alternate route.
“That road could’ve been eaten away because of erosion and all that force of the water chipped away at the bedrock underneath,” said Tanguay.
Tanguay said to be aware of the forecast, and people who live in high flooding areas should put a plan in place.
“If they have to leave their home, know where they’re going to go and make sure they check in with their family,” said Tanguay.