Water Street in Oxford was closed for several hours overnight Sunday by rising flood waters from the River Philip.
OXFORD – An annual tradition has occurred a little earlier than normal this year.
Heavy rain, wind and temperatures above 10 C led to some minor flooding around the Oxford area on Sunday and Monday.
It’s something that usually occurs much later with the spring runoff.
“The river rose throughout the day Sunday and we were forced to close Water Street late Sunday,” Cumberland County EMO co-ordinator Jim Hannon said. “It was closed until just before 8 a.m. on Monday and there’ve been no problems since then.”
Hannon said it’s not unusual for Oxford to face some minor flooding when the Black and Little Rivers and the River Philip shed their ice cover or become jammed by ice upstream.
Hannon said EMO officials kept a close eye on the river on Sunday and Monday and the Oxford Fire Department has equipment on both sides of the River Philip in the event Water Street were blocked.
The county EMO co-ordinator said there was some minor flooding around the Smith Road area in Nappan, but added there were very few road closures brought on by the mild temperatures.
The melt was slowed by cooler temperatures later Monday, although mild weather is expected to last through the rest of the week.