Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (ME) Flooding around Ft. Kent, Maine

Date: Thu, 03 May 2018 11:03:38 EDT

Summary: While statewide water levels have receded, the USGS assists the local NWS and emergency management agencies with flooding around Ft. Kent.

The Fish River in northern Maine remains at a 100 year flood flow due to prolonged snowmelt, while most basins statewide have begun receding. This basin feeds into the St. John River in Ft. Kent, Maine, and is currently at a moderate NWS flood level.

The river is lake fed, and information on lake levels was not available to emergency managers, the Northeast River Forecast Center or the NWS Office in Caribou, Maine. The USGS responded by installing an RDG on the Fish River in Soldier Pond, an area experiencing flooding due to high lake levels. The data will better inform NOAA, the NWS and the local EMAs in this remote part of Maine.

Data from the RDG can be found here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/me/nwis/uv/?site_no=01012960

One crew of 2 is deployed in the area after installing the gage last night, and will be returning to Augusta today.

A media notice and social media posts are planned.

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