Wild Weather Causes Damage To Many Maine Roadways This Halloween Weekend
The Bucksport Fire Department was wicked busy Halloween morning, thanks to some wild wind and water.
A large section of road on Route 1, near the MacDonald's, had to be shut down due to some pretty severe flooding Sunday morning, right around 6:45 AM.
According to the Bucksport Fire Department Facebook Page, emergency crews had to send drivers through a detour through Nicholson Ave and Central Ave. Vehicles were also re-routed along Route 46, but safety crews got some extra help from a neighboring fire department with that section of road.
"We appreciate the assistance of the Orland Fire Department with traffic near their end of town."
By 11 AM, the fire department was able to open the roads back up, as the water has subsided enough to let cars through again.
Tori Lerback and her husband Daniel went on an early-morning drive to survey the storm damage and ended up in quite the pickle.
"We live locally, in Sedgwick, and know how things go after major storms so we always get up early to try and get some good shots (safely). This morning we headed over to Castine to see how the surf was (not stellar) and went through many flooded areas in Sedgwick and throughout Penobscot, including 1 spot we definitely should not have gone through. After 15 minutes or so in Castine we attempted to go back to Sedgwick and found ourselves to be blocked and having to go out and around the Shore road. When we linked back to Castine Road we tried to venture back to in hopes of saving some travel time by hitting a side road but came across that instead. We doubled back and tried to take New Road but that was blocked due to a washout where they had JUST fixed it last storm. So, all the way down and around to Gilpin Road in Orland just to gey back home to Sedgwick.
Lerback also discovered during her drive that another road nearby, a 2-mile stretch of the New Road, was also closed due to flooding. But that's not all they came across.
"Those are from 'Punchbowl Corner' on the North Sedgwick Road. It's super low lying and always floods during storms but this time was a whole lot more than I have ever seen."
Then they traveled through Penobscot, 175, and the Dunbar Road and found this:
Shawn Des Jardin came across this scene in Franklin this morning.
"I was driving from Eastbrook to Ellsworth about 10 o'clock. The guy in the pickup truck told us it was closed. You could see the tree on the line and smoke coming from it. There was also a line down on the ground."
Des Jardin said he was told by the power company he'd likely be without power most of the day because of it.
Dawn Webb, who lives in Castine, was traveling along the North Penobscot Road in Castine when she had to turn back after coming across a span of road that was impassable.