Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay take a dip in Lake Erie at sunset with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon and the motor vessel Algoma Hansa in the background on March 8, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould)

Maine Calls on Coast Guard to Help Prevent Flooding

The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to return to the Kennebec River next week for a second early ice-breaking mission amid concerns over flooding in central Maine.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency on Thursday issued a request for ice breaking in the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers, following an unprecedented midwinter ice-breaking effort last month.

Susan Faloon, spokeswoman for MEMA, said Thursday the decision to send a second request is based on the weather. A warm front pushing through the region Wednesday brought record-breaking temperature to Maine, which resulted in melting snow and ice. But the cold front that followed brought more seasonal weather, which will slow the rate of melting and cause some water to refreeze.

“Since we had the melting, we want to break it before it gets too thick,” Faloon said.


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