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!
Aroostook County EMA
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: 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...
Maine DOT has just made an announcement that Flat Mountain Road in St. Agatha, ME is now open.
Aroostook EMA Director Darren Woods on set with WAGM TV News – Morning Edition at 06:00 AM on 04/18/2014.
Video of the 04/17/2014 flight of the St. John River with Maine Forest Service, Aroostook EMA and National Weather Service/NOAA, Caribou.
Update 04/18/2014 08:00 AM – Deputy Director Jesse Belanger went up to assess the area and found that only a portion of ice in Van Buren had moved. There is still a jam in Grand Isle and flat ice in portions of Hamlin/Van Buren
Last road closure update from Aroostook County EMA. For more information you can go to www.511maine.gov St. Agatha Flat Mountain Road – Open later today
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...
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...
A short video clip of how an ice jam forming in Grand Isle, ME on 04/17/2014.
Washburn Route 164 (towards PI) – Closed Annis Road – Closed Presque Isle Henderson Road at Fair Junction – Closed Hodgdon Catalina Road – Partially flooded St. Agatha Flat Mountain Road – Closed St. Francis Route 161 – Closed