River Flow Advisory Commission says flooding is unlikely over next couple of weeks

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 3:47 PM EDT
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The state's River Flow Advisory Commission met Thursday for the second time this spring to discuss ice conditions and flood risks.

They say there's no flooding potential in the state for the next couple weeks, but that could change with more snow or high temperatures.

There's still up to 40 inches of ice up north, such as on the St. John, Allagash and Aroostook Rivers.

Very little ice is left in Western and Central Maine except for in the mountains and foothills.

And Southern and Downeast Maine have almost no ice at all.

Maine Emergency Management Agency officials say it's likely going to be a late spring for most of the state.

"It's the temperature that brings the melting snow but it's also the water content in the snow. So you shovel those last eight inches off your driveway and you realize they're much heavier now than at the beginning of the season, and that's the water content of the snow. But then with that, the potential for rain that comes in too," said Suzanne Krauss, MEMA Director.

"For Northern Maine, even mid-April would be pretty consistent with what we've seen in the past. If we get much beyond that with a significant ice pack and a significant snow pack and we start getting into the late April, May time frame where you could get a really warm day with a lot of rain, then the risk starts to increase. But at this point I don't think there's anything that's too concerning," said Nick Stasulis, Data Section Chief for the USGS Maine Office.

The commission will continue to monitor ground water and weather conditions and may meet again in the coming weeks if necessary.

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