Heavy rain overnight swelled rivers and streams in southern and central Maine on Saturday, but they were spared from any major flooding.

James Brown, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gray, said there was minor flooding on the Kennebec River in Skowhegan, which was expected to crest by Saturday evening, and also in Augusta, where it was expected to crest by noon Sunday.

High water covers a bridge at the Sebago to Sea Trail. Staff photo by Ben McCanna

There was also some flooding on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.

“It is really, really minor and we expect it to stay that way,” Brown said.

Between Friday and Saturday, some parts of southern Maine saw as much as 2 1/2 inches of rain and nearly all of the state saw at least 1 inch.

Rivers in the northern part of the state, which missed the heaviest rain, are also swollen but not reaching flood levels, said Tony Mignone, meteorologist at the weather service’s Caribou office.

The Mattawamkeag  River in Penobscot County, the Fish River in Fort Kent and the Grand Lake Stream in Washington County were all high Saturday, but not high enough to cause actual flooding, Mignone said.

The Saco River, which flooded near Fryeburg, damaging several homes and camps, also was running high again Saturday but no major flooding was reported.

Rivers and streams should continue to subside with no significant rain on the horizon until Tuesday and Wednesday, Brown said.

Staff Writer Eric Russell contributed to this report.


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