It was a chaotic day in Fort Fairfield to say the least.
“I’ve never seen it this bad before..it’s a little scary,” said resident Caroline True.
Residents were concerned as they looked at the flooding in their town early Wednesday afternoon. The bridge on route 1A has been closed since Tuesday evening due to moving ice. All that ice was held up there on Wednesday morning, and broke around noon.
“This is the worst its been since ’94,” said Frank Thompson.
Numerous road closures forced officials to cancel school in SAD 20.
“We did the math this morning course it was quarter to five this morning but we figured about 60 percent of our students would have a difficult time coming to school today,” said superintendent Marc Gendron.
Though it’s open now, Main Street at Puddledock was full of water earlier. One driver tried to go around the barricade and got stuck. Town officials received numerous reports of basement flooding. Stephen Flannery owns this house right on the river, now surrounded by water and ice chunks.
“The ice broke and I went into the house to grab some clothes for my kid to take him to his mothers and within 3-4 minutes the water was back up to the door and I had the back door screwed so tight I had to have the fire dept come and get me,” he said.
Emergency and town officials continue to watch the river levels and ice movement, they know things can change fast.
Town manager Mike Bosse said, “that’s what happens is the ice frees up, and the river starts flowing freely again, it goes down, and then when it fetches up again it starts building.”
“We need folks just to not drive through the barricaded areas..that’s just not safe they’re there for a reason,” said director Darren Woods of the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency.
Bosse adds that onlookers should stay away from areas where emergency officials are doing work, in order to keep everyone safe.