WEATHER SERVICE SAYS LOW PRESSURE MOVING OUT FRIDAY

by Christian Mower on June 5, 2012

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT DUMPED SO MUCH RAIN ON THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE WILL FINALLY MOVE OUT FRIDAY.

REPORTS PROVIDED BY THE WEATHER SERVICE SHOW NORTH CONWAY GOT 4 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE SATURDAY, JACKSON GOT MORE THAN THREE INCHES AND WAKEFIELD JUST MORE THAN 2 INCHES.

IN MAINE, FRYEBURG GOT MORE THAN FOUR INCHES, WEST OTISFIELD AND NORTH WATERFORD NEARLY FIVE INCHES – AND BRIDGTON NEARLY 8 AND A HALF INCHES.

THE SACO RIVER WAS RUNNING JUST BELOW 7 FEET ABOUT 11 A.M. TUESDAY AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO DROP. FLOOD STAGE IS NINE FEET AND THE RIVER REACHED A HIGH OF 10.8 FEET SUNDAY MORNING.

CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF RAY LEAVITT SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO ROUTE 153 IN EATON JUST NORTH OF CRYSTAL LAKE ABOUT 10:30 P.M. SATURDAY AFTER A REPORT OF WATER CROSSING THE ROAD.

LEAVITT SAYS HIS CREW BARRICADED THE ROAD FROM EITHER SIDE AS ABOUT A HALF FOOT OF WATER WAS RUNNING OVER IT AND A SCHOOL OF LARGE SUCKERFISH SWAM ACROSS THE ROAD AGAINST THE CURRENT.

FIREFIGHTERS TURNED THE ROAD OVER TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ABOUT MIDNIGHT.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS TRANSVALE ACRES FLOODED BELOW MOAT BROOK SATURDAY NIGHT, MOUNTAIN VIEW DRIVE AND DOLLOFF HILL ROAD WASHED OUT AND PEQUAWKET DRIVE FLOODED.

THE CHIEF SAYS ALL 3 COMMERCIAL CAMPGROUNDS ON THE SACO RIVER FLOODED BUT NO RESCUES WERE REQUIRED BECAUSE THEY WERE NOTIFIED AHEAD OF TIME AND MOVED THEIR CAMPERS. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES.