Man Dies in Floods, Maine USA

One man has died after being swept away by flood water in Maine, USA, yesterday 16 April 2014. The incident occurred in Caswell, Maine.

Floods have struck across the state over the last few days. Maine emergency management officials have said that much of the state is likely to remain under flood warning until later today, Thursday 17 April, or Friday 18 April.

The flooding was a result of heavy rain on Tuesday 15 April, with some areas seeing 1.72 inches (4.30cm), combined with melting snow.

Officials have warned residents to avoid flooded roadways and prepare for overflowing rivers. Parts of New Hampshire and Vermont have also been affected.

On Wednesday the Sebasticook River broke its banks and flooded nearby Dexter. On the saem day, levels of the Kennebec River stood at 17.35 feet, around 5 feet above flood stage. The Kennebec broke its banks and flooded parts of the nearby towns of Augusta and Hallowell.

Also on Wednesday, levels of the Androscoggin River in Rumford stood at 1 foot above flood stage at 16.3 feet.

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