CONWAY STORM RECAP

by Gair on February 1, 2013

NO MAJOR STORM RELATED PROBLEMS WERE REPORTED IN CONWAY THURSDAY ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A FEW REPORTS OF TREES AND WIRES DOWN IN ROADWAYS DUE TO THE HEAVY WINDS. THERE WERE SEVERAL REPORTS DURING THE DAY AROUND CARROLL COUNTY OF TREES AND WIRES DOWN.

CONWAY POLICE URGED DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION BECAUSE OF CONSIDERABLE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS AND PARKING LOTS DUE TO HEAVY STORM RUNOFF. MAIN ROADS IN CONWAY APPEARED TO BE MOSTLY DRY THURSDAY MORNING BUT GUSTY WINDS BLEW SAND AND DEBRIS LIKE SMALL TREE BRANCHES AROUND ON SOME ROADS.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR STEVE SOLOMON SAID THURSDAY HE EXPECTED MINOR ROUTINE FLOODING IN CONWAY AND REPORTED LOW LYING AREAS OF TRANSVALE ACRES OFF WEST SIDE ROAD WERE FLOODED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SACO RIVER IN CONWAY EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON – SOLOMON SAYS AN ICE JAM BACKED UP ON THE RIVER ABOUT A MILE FROM THE RIVER CHURCH IN CENTER CONWAY – BUT THE WARNING WAS CANCELED A FEW HOURS LATER AFTER THE ICE JAM BROKE UP, WHICH LOWERED THE WATER LEVEL CONSIDERABLY.

THE RIVER WAS REPORTED TO BE JUST UNDER 6 FEET AT 1 P.M. THURSDAY – WELL BELOW OFFICIAL FLOOD STAGE OF NINE FEET. FORECASTERS PREDICTED IT WOULD CONTINUE TO FALL AS TEMPERATURES DROPPED.

NO MAJOR POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN THE VALLEY AREA BUT IN MAINE, CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY SAID FRIDAY MORNING IT WAS WORKING TO RESTORE POWER TO JUST UNDER 800 CUSTOMERS IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY. A SPOKESMAN FOR CMP SAYS AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM THURSDAY WINDS GUSTED TO MORE THAN 60 MILES PER HOUR IN PARTS OF ITS SERVICE AREA – THE HIGH WINDS CONTRIBUTED TO THE LOSS OF POWER TO MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND HOMES AND BUSINESSES SYSTEMWIDE.

THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS RIVER STREET (ROUTE 113) IN FRYEBURG WAS CLOSED THURSDAY AFTER 6 P.M. BECAUSE OF FLOODING. THE ROAD WAS STILL CLOSED FRIDAY MORNING.

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