Warmth, snowmelt, rain raise flood concerns in New England

"In the springtime, or if we get a heavy storm, it comes up really fast."

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A combination of warm weather, rain and melting snow was feeding floodwaters in low-lying areas of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine on Saturday.

No injuries were reported, but in Vermont the Stowe swift water rescue team was staging in the town of Lyndonville in case needed in the area near where the National Weather Service office in Burlington reported vehicles had become stranded in floodwaters.

With heavy rains and warm weather in the forecast for the area known as the Northeast Kingdom, flooding is expected in multiple communities near Lyndon, said the National Weather Service office in Burlington.

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Flood warnings and watches remained in effect for much of the three-state region.

The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, reported that the upper reaches of the Connecticut River at North Stratford was flooding between New Hampshire’s Coos and Vermont’s Essex counties. Some low-lying roads were closed.

Experts were reminding the public never to walk or drive through floodwaters because unexpected currents and unseen washouts can sweep people and vehicles away.

In Maine, Aroostook Emergency Management Agency Director Darren Woods said motorists should heed any signs warning of flooded or closed roadways.

In New Hampshire, state officials were also keeping a close eye on the Ammonoosuc River in the central part of the state.

“In the springtime, or if we get a heavy storm, it comes up really fast,” said Sarah Levy, owner of the Wayside Inn located near the Ammonoosuc in the town of Bethlehem. “It turns from an adorable babbling brook to a raging whitewater river.”

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