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City of Gardiner Public Safety Department
Wednesday December 19th, 2018 :: 10:49 a.m. EST


Potential River Flooding

**Attention Downtown Residents**

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( is predicting up to two inches of rain and a possibility of temperatures rising to the upper 40s or the lower 50s. With the warmer temperatures and the rain, the Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency warns that the Kennebec River will rise and we could see some ice jams along the River south of the railroad bridge in Augusta. At this point, the river is about 95% ice covered from the bridge in Augusta to the bridge in Richmond. Though it is not thick, the run-off and higher temperatures will cause the water level to come up and that could break up the ice. Ice jams are caused when the ice breaks up and can’t flush up, leaving the ice to pile up.

The County EMA suggests that everyone should use caution along the Kennebec River this weekend with a timeframe of late Friday and into the weekend. Parking in low areas is not advised due to the potential flooding later in the weekend. Please be safe everyone.

City of Gardiner Public Safety Department
6 Church St
Gardiner, ME 04345

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 207-582-5150

Chief James M. Toman
Gardiner PD

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