Maine Flood Images Highlight Online Exhibit

High water of 1923, South Channel dam with North dam in view under North Channel Bridge. Roland T. Patten, Custodian of Historical Views, 1929. Maine Historical Society.

Images from the Androscoggin Historical Society, Caribou Public Library, Cornish Historical Society, Lewiston Public Library, Lisbon Historical Society, Lovell Historical Society, Skowhegan History House, Stockholm Historical Society, and the Maine Historical Society are part of a new “virtual exhibit” about past floods and their devastating effects.

The exhibit can be viewed at:

The Maine Historical Society: High Water

These businesses suffered during this flood of the Androscoggin River down a main street in Mechanic Falls, ca. 1896. Maine Historical Society.

Some people recall the flood of 1936 as the “big one.” It affected all of New England and beyond as rivers rose, ice jammed against bridges, and serious damage and disruption followed. Others talk about 1886 or 1987 or another year when the river or stream near them spilled over its banks, taking with it bridges, roads, trees, and sometimes intruding into homes and businesses._Spring floods do not happen every year, but the right combination of snow pack, ice, temperatures, and rainfall can result in spectacular and often destructive high water.