Northern Maine Weather Forecast

Flood, River & Road Closure Update As Of 9:30 am April 17th

Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:39 am

by Rob Lightbown

Here is the latest flood/river/road closure information that I have gathered so far this morning:

The ice on both the Saint John and Aroostook Rivers is moving freely with no known jams; in fact, the ice on some parts of both rivers has completely gone out.

The river levels on both the Saint John and Aroostook Rivers are very high this morning and the river is moving very fast. My own observation of the Aroostook River from the Presque Isle bridge at about 7 am this morning is that the river level is higher than it was at around 2 pm yesterday afternoon. Even with that, both the Aroostook and Saint John Rivers are within their banks.

The river levels will still need to be monitored very closely in the coming days as there is still upwards of a foot or more of snow on the ground, especially in the woods and particular across the Saint John Valley and across the Allagash. This means that the melting of this snow pack will add to the river levels.

As of 9 am this morning, here are the current road closures across northern Maine:

Route 164 (towards PI) – Closed
Annis Road – Closed

Presque Isle:
Henderson Road at Fair Junction – Closed

Fort Fairfield:
Dorsey Road – Closed
Currier Road – Closed
Strickland Road – Closed
Riverside Drive – Partial
Forest Avenue – Closed
Russell Road – Closed

Catalina Road – Partially flooded

St. Agatha:
Flat Mountain Road – Closed

Big Black River Near Depot Mountain:

St. John River At Nine Mile Bridge:

St. John River At Dickey:

St. John River At Fort Kent:

Aroostook River At Masardis:

Aroostook River At Washburn:

Aroostook River Below Tinker Dam:

Penobscot River Above Grindstone:

Mattawamkeag River At Mattawankeag:

Mesoscale Analysis:

Northern Maine Radar Image:

Northern Maine Satellite Image:

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