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Flood warning -

April 16, 2007 - TRC

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

THE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00 AM EDT TUESDAY FOR URBAN AREAS & SMALL STREAMS IN WASHINGTON, HANCOCK, SOUTHEASTERN AROOSTOOK, PENOBSCOT & PISCATAQUIS COUNTIES.

AT 7:20 PM EDT RAIN.HEAVY AT TIMES, CONTINUED ACROSS THE REGION.

RAINFALL TOTALS ACROSS CNTL PORTIONS OF THE WARNING AREA HAVE GENERALLY RANGED FROM 1.50 TO 2.50 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS.
ACROSS DOWNEAST AREAS RAINFALL TOTALS HAVE GENERALLY RANGED FROM 2.00 TO 3.50 INCHES, WITH LOCAL TOTALS TO AROUND 4.00 INCHES. AN ADDITIONAL 1.00 TO 2.00 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WARNING AREA TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY.

IN PISCATAQUIS COUNTY A PORTION OF ROUTE 7 BETWEEN DOVER FOXCROFT & DEXTER HAS BEEN BARRICADED DUE TO WATER COVERING THE ROAD. WITH RAIN CONTINUING TONIGHT.
WATER LEVELS ON SMALL STREAMS & BROOKS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE WHICH COULD FURTHER CONTRIBUTE TO FLOODED ROADS. LOW LYING & POOR DRAINAGE AREAS WILL ALSO BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL BROOKS & STREAMS, HIGHWAYS & UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY, COUNTRY ROADS & FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF BROOKS, STREAMS & OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.

MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED ROADS, BRIDGES, DIPS OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM, EVEN A SMALL ONE, ON FOOT.


NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.