Officials say the Spring flooding threat is about average

6:08 PM, Mar 6, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's no doubt about it. It has been a rough winter, with plenty of frigid days and nights, and what seems to be plenty of snow.

So, it might come as a surprise that the thickness of ice on Maine's rivers and the water content in the snow pack is average to slightly below average this year. That means the threat of Spring flooding right now is also about average.

But that can change quickly. The concern is with the long term weather forecast which calls for below average temperatures for much of March. If that holds true there will be very little melting of the ice and snow.

"As those stay the same The flood potential increases because the chances of a warm-up especially a very quick warm-up with rain, are increasing as we move later into the season," Greg Stewart of the US Geological Survey said.

Members of the River Flow Advisory Commission and other interested stake holders will be back in touch with each other to review the latest data in three weeks.

NEWS CENTER

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