Lots of rain in April means high river water!

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(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).

Painted while it was empty

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.
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(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….)

6 Responses so far

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    Mel said,

    May 1, 2008 @ 2:14 am

    My family moved to ME in the spring of ’87. At the time of the floods, my mom was staying in an apartment in Augusta on the east side of the river (N of the Cony rotary) and well uphill from the flood zone. I was finishing my first year of undergrad in SC and only got to see some of the aftermath when we all got moved up a month and a half later. The floods may have helped influenced my parents’ subsequent home purchase – up on the Kennebec Valley rim right by the Vassalboro/Winslow line, where it would take a flood of biblical proportions to reach them.

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    Chris said,

    May 1, 2008 @ 7:53 am

    How’s the snow pile of the contest doing? :)

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    Tanya said,

    May 1, 2008 @ 8:48 am

    Wow, I grew up in a flood zone, we used to have to park the cars up the hill and tie a canoe to the back deck in case we needed to get out. Luckily the house was just high enough that it ended up on a kind of island about a foot around the entire house, so it was always luckily ok. Good luck with the water!

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    mollybee said,

    May 1, 2008 @ 10:57 am

    Mum’s up in Island Falls and yesterday the town was completely cut off. All routes into (and out of) were totally flooded. It crested in the night and is going back down now. I can’t remember flooding like that since I was in elementary school. One year the local wrecker truck ferried kids across the one river that was swollen over the bridge so we could get to school. I don’t think the wrecker would have even made it through this year. I was in Houlton in 87 and don’t remember any particularly high water. Maybe The County didn’t get it as bad as you folks down in ‘Tropical Maine’ that year! :-)

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    deneise said,

    May 1, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

    interesting to see you refering to the usgs since
    that is where i work but in kansas

    it seems like it is always flooding somewhere

    we had our share last year and what a mess it was

    i always find it amazing how fast the water will
    rise, how fast the water is, and the amount of
    damage that can be done in such a short time.

    good luck and i hope everyone is safe

    a long time lurker


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    Blogless Carrie said,

    May 2, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    First images I have seen of the St. John flood. That is really something. Will have to ask how things are up in Houlton. I’m guessing the Meduxnekeag River Race scheduled for this weekend is off…

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