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Flooding Likely In Augusta and Gardiner

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With warm weather and heavy rain in the forecast, experts are predicting flooding along the Kennebec River on Wednesday into Thursday.

Greg Stewart of the U.S. Geological Survey said during a conference call on Monday, that ‘the flooding potential is well above normal’, adding that ‘it will be well into the parking lots at Augusta.’

The National Weather Service says the region could see up to two inches of rain, with the heart of rain from Bethel to Bingham.

The Kennebec River at Augusta is expected to peak at just over 16 feet Wednesday night, that’s 4 feet above flood stage.

Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service in Gray expects water to flood lower parking lots in Gardiner, like the Hannaford lot and in Skowhegan.

The rain coming late Tuesday could end as snow on Wednesday morning and accumulate a few inches in the mountains. Conditions after this upcoming storm will be good for a slower snow melt.

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