Lots of rain in April means high river water!
(it’s usually to the left of those signs and trees)
More pics here, including a picture of the City’s mega snowpile under the big bridge.
And a minute long video clip of the Kennebec River roaring under the ‘low bridge’ is here (still haven’t figured out how to embed…).
Check out the USGS web cam with updated shots over the river. There’s a hydrograph at the bottom of the page, wild how fast the water came up last night.
And, for you Mainah’s living away that want to know what’s happening around here, check out what’s going on in the St. John River Valley (click on ‘view slideshow’ at the end of the first paragraph). The gov declared a state of emergency up there and closed their state offices today.
Three years ago? (ok, technically a bit more, april 1, 2005)
The usually crazed and packed LYS (sadly gone!) was supposed to get flooding like in 1987, when the river was knee deep in the store! (these pics are crappy, so don’t embiggen!). Here is a link to USGS photos of the 1987 flood.
We packed it all up
and the early release prisoners helped cart out the big and heavy stuff. You should have seen Water St in Hallowell that day… a line of u-hauls up and down the streets, everybody packed up and left! (well except for one crazy antique dealer).
And 2 weeks later were back in business.
Here’s the back deck the day the river was supposed to crest. In 1987, she would have been wet to her knees! She is standing on a deck that is in essence on the second floor in the back. Luckily for all it only reached the back of the building and didn’t even get into the basement.
(the second picture may have been from the flood a couple weeks later, mid april 2005, notice the couch out there!)
Lynnie had no idea, and when she came back to work (she’d been off for a bit), was she in for a surprise! Because the store was totally re-arranged (ok, so the picture up above is after the move, couldn’t find one from before….)