MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — High tide and strong wind combined to cause flooding and wash rocks onto several MDI roads Tuesday afternoon, according to local and state officials. Heavy rain added to the problem in some places.
Seawall Road (Route 102A) at the Seawall in Acadia National Park remained closed Wednesday after being covered with rocks during the storm. Water also undermined the road in several places. The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) was on the scene Wednesday morning, working to repair the damage and clearing the rocks from the roadway.
It was the second time this year the road has been closed following storm damage. In March, water undercut the edge of the road and washed large rocks onto the roadway.
The nearby Seawall picnic area in Acadia National Park was closed because of rocks that were tossed up during Tuesday’s storm, according to Christie Anastasia, the park’s public affairs specialist. She said a park crew was clearing the rocks Wednesday morning, and the picnic area was expected to reopen later in the day.
In Mount Desert on Tuesday, one traffic lane on Route 3 at Bracy Cove and Little Long Pond was closed for a short time after water swept over the seawall and washed rocks onto the road. The Land & Garden Preserve, which owns and manages the Little Long Pond property, dispatched a backhoe to clear the road, and the MDOT is working on the shoulder.
The carriage road at Little Long Pond that runs parallel to Route 3 was “pretty washed out,” said Kathryn Strand, the Land & Garden Preserve’s development and communications director. “So, we’re cleaning that up, as well as the parking lot.”
In Bar Harbor, waves slapped against cars driving on Route 3 at the beach in Hulls Cove. Some gravel washed onto the roadway, but the road wasn’t closed.
“There was some erosion of the earth slope above the heavy rip rap” on the beach side of the road,” said Dale Mayo, the MDOT manager for the Route 3 reconstruction project. “We will add some more rip rap next spring.”
Also, he said, some of the coping stones that were recently placed where a guard rail once stood were moved a couple of feet by the surging water.
No problems caused by Tuesday’s storm were reported in Tremont.
The road flooding and washouts elsewhere on MDI occurred within an hour or so of high tide, which was around 1:25 p.m.