Experts monitor flood potential

7:00 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (News Center)  -- The state's potential for spring flooding was revealed in Augusta Thursday.

The Maine River Flow Advisory Commission met at the Maine Emergency Management Agency to discuss information gathered in surveys done on stream flow on rivers and streams and snow samples taken from dozens of sites statewide.

 The commission is a partnership of private, local, state and federal agencies that monitor Maine's streams and rivers. While Northern and Western received more than 100 inches of snow so far this season, the potential for spring flooding is in the normal range. But experts say that could change quickly if temperatures spike and we get a lot of precipitation over a short period of time.

'So that's what we have to watch for, we will be going out and looking at the snow conditions at a weekly basis now. So we will be on top on how things are changing, how evenly the snow is melting off,' said Robert Marvinney, the state's geologist.

National Weather Service officials say no major amounts of precipitation is forecast within the next two weeks. The hope is a slow snow melt and little or no rain will help carry the state into spring.



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