ALFRED, Maine – York County Emergency Management Agency (YCEMA) is issuing a public advisory in response to the threat of major coastal flooding in York County on Saturday. The agency has been working with its partners to plan for an approaching storm system expected to begin overnight Friday. The system will also bring snow, rain, wind, and potential power outages.
Major coastal flooding is expected during the midday Saturday high tide cycle which could cause numerous road closures and may inundate low-lying property such as homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. Areas that lost dunes or other flood protection mechanisms on Wednesday are going to be particularly vulnerable to this event.
“We urge individuals to avoid traveling to the coast this weekend,” said Megan Arsenault, Deputy Director of YCEMA. “Municipal officials are actively cleaning up from Wednesday’s storm damages and this weekend’s hazards could pose a serious threat to life and safety.”
YCEMA is working in coordination with local emergency management officials, first responders, and support agencies to prepare the public and coordinate response efforts.
“It is crucial to adhere to road closures enacted for public safety,” said Deputy Fire Chief Clif Whitten of Old Orchard Beach Fire Department. “Do not attempt to cross barricades without consulting authorities first. Disregarding these precautions not only endangers your safety but also puts the lives of first responders at risk.”
York County residents, especially those near the coast, should make a plan, have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts, be familiar with evacuation routes, and follow guidance from officials. To sign up for York County emergency notifications, please visit: https://linktr.ee/YCEMA.