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The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged flood

  • By the Numbers: January 2024 Water Levels

    | February 2, 2024 | Filed under: Observations

    Water levels broke records twice in 4 days, largely due to wind-driven storm surge.

  • A Magnificent Storm 12/23/2022

    | January 4, 2023 | Filed under: Observations

    High sustained winds and very large waves, both aligning with high tide, created a perfect storm on December 23, 2022.

  • Yet Another Perfect Storm?

    | October 22, 2016 | Filed under: Opinion

    It’s too early to tally the full damage from Hurricane Matthew, but I watched closely as four research reserves in our national system took the brunt of the storm.

  • Fair Weather King Tide (2014)

    | October 9, 2014

    crab playset by Sue BickfordBright and beautiful at the seashore today. People were out. A few of them even talked to Vivien Leigh, reporting from Wells. We know at least a dozen folks took pics and imagine many more will send to the contest.

    Email your best one or two before October 15 at 11:59 pm to:

    See the winning entries, finalists, and additional images from around the region.

    Several of us scattered across estuaries stretching from Ogunquit to Kennebunk, documenting the sea's level and considering the consequences.

    We'll start sharing our thoughts with a collection of photos from the day. Up top is Sue Bickford's shot of a submerged crab play set. Below will be…

    1. Drakes Island Road by Nik Charov
    2. Mile Road shoreline by Kristin Wilson
    3. Mile Road, Wells by Sue Bickford
    4. Webhannet Drive, Wells by Kristin Wilson
    5. Welcome to Drakes Island by Nik Charov
    6. Little River Estuary by Suzanne Kahn
    7. Barrier Beach Overlook by Annie Cox
    8. Ankle Deep by Sue Bickford
    9. Laudholm Beach walker by Scott Richardson
  • Managing Risk, or Prolonging Addiction?

    | March 25, 2014

    (c) Isaac Cordal

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 3/30/2014.

    Even though I work for the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, a coastal research and education center, I’d never thought too deeply about flood insurance – that is, until a crack addict knocked on the door of my home one Saturday night this winter.

  • A Thanksgiving Toast to the Coast

    | November 23, 2013

    Aerial image looking south toward Wells Bay

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/24/13:

    Many of the staff of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm were in West Virginia this past week for the annual conference of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. Researchers, educators, conservationists, land managers and even evangelists like me pulled ourselves away from our coastal homes to share ideas, hammer out new projects for 2014, and do some good old-fashioned colleague schmoozing.

    I flew out of Portland on a sparkling, "unlimited visibility" Monday afternoon. My Southwest flight passed three miles above the Wells Reserve, giving me the rare opportunity to get a live bird's eye view of our little corner of the Maine coast. Looking down, I smiled quietly over how beautiful and tranquil the place looked.

  • Skinner Mill bridge reopens!

    | October 18, 2007
    Seventeen months ago people lost a key route of access to the Wells Reserve, when the Mother's Day flood of 2006 left a huge gash in the Skinner Mill bridge. Today the "road closed" signs are gone. The new bridge is carrying cars and bikes. And people coming to the Wells Reserve via Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Lower Village no longer need to get up to speed with Route 1 traffic.…
  • Key upgrades made to monitoring program equipment

    | July 31, 2006

    May’s flooding washed away two of the Reserve’s water data-logger units used for the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). Replacing the units was well timed, though, as equipment upgrades now allow public access to “real-time” data on weather and water quality.

  • Floodwaters impact estuarine life

    | May 21, 2006

    About 12 inches of rain fell in parts of southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire between the 12th and 16th of May, and the sudden flow of fresh water into normally salty estuarine and marine waters will impact fish and shellfish in the region.