On Monday, many of us were shocked by the nearly unprecedented weather event that hit Maine.  Even though it was not as bad as the hurricanes that often hit the southern coast of the United States, it came as a surprise to many of us.

When we realized just how bad the weather had become, most of us were able to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.  Sadly, that was not the case for everyone.  Some people had no idea how bad the travel conditions were, until it was too late.

According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, first responders are still searching for four people who were caught up in the flood waters.

The press release explains that a group of four people in a car were traveling down Route 2 in Mexico, Maine at about 5:00 on Monday evening.  The driver of the vehicle reportedly attempting to cross the Red Bridge into Rumford.

After the driver realized it was not safe to try to cross the river, the driver of the vehicle attempted to turn around.  That's when the vehicle was swept into the rising waters of the Swift River.

Three people were able to escape the vehicle.  Two of those people were rescued.  The third, along with a person who was not able to make it out of the vehicle, were swept away by the waters.

The press release goes on to say:

The two rescued individuals were transported to Rumford Hospital where they were treated for hypothermia.

Officers from the Mexico Police Department, along with the Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police, are currently searching for the missing people.

The press release explains that many roads in that area are impassible.  Boats are reportedly being used to rescue people who are trapped by the rising waters.

Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash
Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash

For those in need, a shelter has been set up at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford.

Our thoughts go out to all those involved in the situation.

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