RIVER ST. REOPENED

by Christian Mower on January 14, 2014

Police in Fryeburg, Maine say River St. (route 113) is open again after being shut down Sunday due to the weather.

Detective sgt. Josh Potvin says the road had been closed Sunday afternoon from route 302 in Fryeburg near the U.S Post Office to the New Hampshire State line.

The Maine dept. Of transportation says the western bridge was closed because of high water and ice jams.

Potvin says his department took several calls Sunday from drivers reporting sections of the road were under water and the Saco River was rapidly rising.

And police took several reports drivers were trying to travel through flooded areas on the road – even after it was posted with closure signs, barricades and cones.

One witness told police the water was halfway up a driver’s door before the driver decided to back out.

The road was reopened around 2 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service – saying “turn around, don’t drown” – recommends drivers never attempt to drive through flooded areas where they can’t see the surface of the road.