- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Authorities say the risk of flooding on the Kennebec River and other Maine waterways is higher than normal for this time of year.

Maine River Flow Advisory Commission officials say flood risk is high because of the late arrival of warmer temperatures. Greg Stewart, data section chief for the U.S. Geological Survey, told the Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1eemPoz ) that flood potential is “significantly” above normal.

The long winter means temperatures have remained too cold for much of the northern Maine snow pack to thaw. Warm temperatures combined with a rain storm could cause flooding.

Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, said the next 10 to 14 days should bring temperatures slightly below normal and precipitation somewhat above normal for this time of year.

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