Aroostook County Emergency Management Flooding Update
Aroostook EMA is working with communities that are experiencing flooding issues. So far, these are the Town of Washburn and the Town of Island Falls. Maine DOT and local officials are doing all they can to post these roads and keep the public aware of these hazards.
Aroostook EMA asks that people heed these warnings and do not try to drive past barricades or through flooded roads. One of these incidents happened Thursday, this not only puts the occupants of the vehicle at risk, but also first responders who then have to perform rescues of those occupants.
Darren R. Woods, Director Aroostook County Emergency Management said AEMA are also in close contact with the National Weather Service Office in Caribou who is telling us that as we go into the next few days, we will see temperatures warm up and stay warm through the night.
Significant rainfall is expected, coupled with the rapid snow melt will cause our rivers and streams to rise through the weekend into the beginning of next week. This has the potential of becoming a significant flood threat to all of Aroostook County.
At this time, officials are asking people to remain on guard for these issues and be cautious. Residents experiencing problems that they may need assistance for are encouraged to contact their local town office, said Woods.
Those residents that live near bodies of water should be preparing to either evacuate or to be homebound due to flooded road closures.
Stay tuned to local media, NOAA weather radio & the Aroostook County Flood Watch Facebook page for updated information.