Update: Maine River Crests after Surging to Record High

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Kent, Maine (AP) The swollen St. John River in Maine is starting to recede.

About 600 people have been evacuated amid the area's worst flooding in more than a century. More than 100 homes have been flooded.

Rain and melting snow combined to push the St. John River to more than 30 feet, which is 5 feet above flood stage.

Officials say the hard-hit community of Fort Kent at the Canadian border dodged a bullet because the water never topped a levee that protects downtown. There are no reports of injuries.

One woman says friends rallied to help her move furniture out of the basement to upper floors. One Westbrook resident says he kept a close eye on the rushing waters of the Presumpscot river, but realized there was little he could do to protect his house.

Canadian officials say 1,300 homes are threatened by possible flooding.

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