The waters that rose from the Kennebec River over the weekend and flooded downtown Hallowell and Augusta, Maine were receding by Monday morning. Cars were still underwater Monday morning even as official said the icy flood waters would likely fall below flood stage by early afternoon. The unexpected flood started late Saturday night, after large amounts of rain and snowmelt last week caused large chunks of ice to break free in the river, then form a dam that blocked its flow. At its peak, the Kennebec River in Augusta surged above the 12 foot flood stage, reaching close to 20 feet. By Monday morning, it had receded to 14 feet.
Meanwhile, a front end loader has been brought in to break up some of the ice from the Kennebec in Hallowell, Maine after cars became stuck over the weekend:
A front end loader has been brought in to break up some of the ice in Hallowell. EMA hoping this will help water flow/recede pic.twitter.com/Jo1JBh5oro
— Danielle Waugh NBC 10 Boston (@DWaughNBCBoston) 15 janvier 2018
And this tow company is wading through the flood waters to try and get cars out of the ice in Hallowell:
— CBS 13 News (@WGME) 15 janvier 2018
The Kennebec river levels spiked pretty quickly.
Between 15 and 20 motor vehicles were either completely submerged or had become encased in ice when the Kennebec River overflowed its banks. 24 businesses suffered damage from the flooding, with many of them seeing several feet of water in their basements.
Another never-seen-before weather event for this year.