Author: Jesse Belanger

911 Texting Not Active Yet in Maine

Today, a number of mobile cell phone carriers turned on the ability to “text 911,” an ongoing initiative to bring text notification to emergency services.  This feature, however, is not currently active in Maine. 911 Call Centers across Maine have upgraded to the NextGen 911 system and do have this capability, but this feature is still being tested prior to being officially implemented. Aroostook EMA would like to advise all citizens to continue making phone calls of emergencies to 911....

Why Flooded Roadways are so Dangerous

During flood season, our office issues numerous alerts warning citizens to never drive across flooded roadways. The video clip shows a roadway in Freeport, Maine that appeared passable, but quickly gave way.  These conditions change rapidly and you can never know for certain how safe the roadway is below. Also, pictured to the right is a similar situation that occurred near Cocagne, New Brunswick just this past week. So, again – please be safe and never cross a flooded roadway!

Ice Progressing from Grand Isle through Hamlin

After receiving reports of the Grand Isle ice jam releasing, Aroostook EMA Director Darren Woods confirmed that any standing ice jams between Grand Isle, Van Buren and Hamlin have opened up and ice is flowing steadily downstream. Aroostook EMA has notified local and Canadian officials who are preparing for the ice flows to reach Grand Falls, Perth-Andover and other areas in the coming hours.

Southern Aroostook Update – 10:00 AM 04/18/2014

Southern Aroostook Update: Island Falls Fire is telling us that they have an ice jam on Old Patten Road, but they don’t expect it to cause any problems. No other issues in their response area. Bancroft along the Mattawamkeag states they have water over the road in 3 different locations. People are still using those roads, and the town official we spoke with tells us they have no complaints or issues they cannot handle and that people are still able...

Route 161 St. John/St. Francis Now Passable

We just received a report that Route 161 through St. John and St. Francis is now officially open.  The river water in that area appears to have dropped several feet at this time.  However, Maine DOT and Law Enforcement encourage motorists to be cautious traveling this roadway. We have also received reports from concerned citizens regarding ice flow below the International Bridge in Fort Kent.  Both Maine DOT and local authorities are monitoring the situation but at this time there...

Continued Flooding / Ice Movement St. John River

We are aware of ice and water movement in the St. Francis and St. John areas and are working closely with first responder agencies as well as Maine DOT to ensure the safety of all citizens in the affected area. We remind all citizens to steer clear of any ice flows and to never cross a flooded roadway – it is impossible to gauge the safety of the roadway below.  Please report any flooding issues to your local authorities as...