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Heavy rain causes washouts, flash flooding in Downeast Maine

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:52 AM EDT
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GOULDSBORO, Maine (WABI) - Heavy rain caused washouts and flash flooding all over Downeast Maine overnight.

Multiple areas across Hancock and Washington Counties experienced storm damage and road closures.

Several culverts in those areas washed out as well.

It’s been estimated that anywhere between five to seven inches of rain fell in this area overnight. And it made this stretch of 186 in Birch Harbor not just impassable, it made it non-existent.

“We had a pipe that just couldn’t handle the amount of water that flowed through it. We get these kind of storms occasionally, more often than we used to. Sometimes we lose a culvert or a road,” said Joyce Taylor, Maine Department of Transportation chief engineer.

Officials say the Gouldsboro Fire Department received a call about the washed out culvert shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was hurt, and Maine DOT had the road blocked off shortly afterward.

“It’s always difficult having roads close, especially when we’re a residential area, and making sure that people can get where they need to. The first priority is making sure that everyone’s safe,” said Andrea Sirois, Gouldsboro town manager.

“I wanted to be on the other side here, riding my bike right now. Looks like I’ll have to take the loop around. I’m from Wisconsin, and we do get heavy rain, but nothing like this. I’ve seen washouts, but this is quite the washout,” said David Krause, Wisconsin.

The Maine DOT says they have tracked down some replacement pipe and hope to begin repairs on this culvert either later Wednesday or Thursday. They say the road could be open again as early as Friday, but that’s really just going to depend on when the water level goes down.

TV5 viewers have shared these pictures and videos.

A roadway and bridge washed out in Roque Bluffs.

Also, Grindstone Neck Golf Course in Winter Harbor had their third green completely underwater with parts of the course washing into the road.

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