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Van Buren/Eagle Lake Flash Flood - July 9th 2010


Results of this storm survey are presented below.

  • First is a map showing locations of flood damage (with pictures)
  • Second is a report detailing the flood specifics.
  • Third are pictures taken of the flood damage.

A special thanks is extended to Richard and Craig of the Maine Forest Service and Carl B. of Grand Isle for providing photos of the flood.

Our appreciation also is extended to the media, Emergency Management Agency and SKYWARN Spotters for preliminary reports.


Map of Flood Damage

The map below shows pictures recieved of the damage caused by the flash flood. Click on red tabs to see picture (best if you view the larger map). Pictures also shown at bottom of page.

View Larger Map - for easier viewing

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To view damage path & pictures in Google Earth use the following link:

Van Buren/Eagle Lake Flash Flood KMZ File

Note: Google Earth must be installed on your computer. Download here.

Storm Report

Flash Flooding occurred on the afternoon of July 9th in portions of Northeastern Aroostook County.

A warm humid air mass over the northeastern United State was responsible for generating slow moving thunderstorms with a very high precipitation efficiency. Many locations across northeastern Maine experienced downpours on both Thursday and Friday.

One area especially hard hit on both days was Aroostook County from Eagle Lake to Van Buren. On Thursday, heavy downpours in this area saturated the ground and small streams began to swell. Yet another batch of heavy precipitation moved in on Friday. The capacity of these smaller streams was not enough to handle the nearly 5 to 6 inches of rainfall that was estimated to have fallen over the two day period.


Flood Damage Pictures (click to enlarge)
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Eagle Lake -Location 5
Eagle Lake - Location 5
Eagle Lake - Location 5
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Eagle Lake -Location 5
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Eagle Lake -Location 6
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Eagle Lake -Location 7
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Eagle Lake -Location 9
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Van Buren Location 1
Van Buren Location 2
Van Buren Location 3
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Van Buren Location 3
Van Buren Location 3
Van Buren Location 3
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Van Buren Location 3
Van Buren Location 3
Van Buren Location 4
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Van Buren Location 4
Van Buren Location 4
Van Buren Location 4
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Van Buren Location 4
Van Buren Location 4



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