Flood Safety Awareness Week Discussion

The National Weather Service in Caribou has declared the week of March 13-17 as Flood Safety Awareness Week, which aims to increase awareness about flooding in northern Maine and ways you can prepare.

The spring flood potential is above normal for of northern Maine. This threat is mainly in the longer term as no significant runoff events are anticipated in the near future. However, the longer this deep snow pack and its substantial amount of water lingers into late March or early April, the greater the chance of flooding from sudden snow melt and/or heavy rainfall.

In addition, the potential for flooding due to ice jams is near to slightly above normal across the entire region. Many rivers are still mostly ice covered, and in fact, the ice has thickened and become better established over the past couple of weeks. As with the snow pack, however, the longer that the river ice lingers, the greater the potential threat of ice jams and flooding.

You can visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov for tips for what to do before, during, and after a flood.