AUGUSTA – Front street in Augusta was closed today as a precaution due to flooding concerns.
“I honestly look at the river every day.” Augusta resident Peter Gage McKinney is keeping an eye out. “I’ve never seen such a consistent medium heavy rain last for so long, never.”
This week’s storms prompted a number of flood warnings for the Kennebec River. Those in Skowhegan and Sidney were cancelled… But Augusta remains in effect.
Pat Plante “It’s getting quite high”
According to the national weather service – flood stage is 12 feet. This morning the river was at 12.4 feet.
“If we got slow consistent medium heavy rain for a 24 hour period we might be in trouble” Director of UMaines climate change institute Paul Mayewski says storms like this are the result of changes in the jet stream – and warming in the artic.
And then the result is we’re having at least for right now some very extreme conditions Conditions – he says – we’ll likely see more of.
“Rivers can only as we know right now hold so much water so changes in the frequency and intensity of floods and storms are critically important”
Public works officials are monitoring the conditions, the flood warning is slated to last until 1 am.