Spring Flooding 

Water has been covering some roadways, and filling lots of basements.

That was the case on Squire Street in Waterville Tuesday night, where water started to fill basements in four homes.

Similar problems were reported in homes on the Fuller Road in Hermon, the Griffin Road in Bangor, and many other locations.

Governor Baldacci has declared a state of emergency in Aroostook County.

Flooding has been reported in Fort Kent and the Wallagrass areas.

The Red Cross has prepared shelters in case people need to get out. Game Wardens and water craft are also being sent to the area.

The water is expected to rise in the Fort Kent area until early Thursday. It’s not expected to fall below flood level until Friday afternoon.

Many of Maine’s rivers and streams were already swollen because of the snow melt.

Maine Emergency Management Agency director Robert McAleer says he doesn’t expect catastrophic conditions, but people should be prepared.

For instance, drivers should also avoid water covered roads, even if they look safe to cross.

&quot:It’s not necessarily the depth but rather the speed of the water and there’s no way to tell what conditions the road is in. You could be in serious trouble.&quot:

Last year, there were two flood related deaths in Maine.

Power outages are a concern too.

Bangor Hydro says nearly 900 outages were reported on Tuesday, mostly in Hancock County. They hoped to get most customers up and running again overnight.