Lawmakers Look to Alleviate Flooding 

Many areas in Maine are trying to recover from flooding rains earlier this week.

On Wednesday, lawmakers looked at a bill that would help minimize flooding across the state in the future by allowing the Maine Emergency Management Agency to determine water levels based on flood risk.

Senate Majority Leader Libby Mitchell presented LD 1219 also known as an act to control flooding.

The bill would give MEMA the authority to release water from dams based on the flood risk downstream.

MEMA would have to make the decision to lower the levels during the spring which tends to be the time of year flood danger is most prominent.

The Natural Resources Committee discussed the bill in great detail Wednesday morning, but have not come up with a solution as to how to handle the bill just yet.