In January of 2024, Kennebunk experienced the impact of two severe storms, resulting in significant coastal flooding and extensive damage to homes, businesses and coastal infrastructure. Kennebunk Fire Rescue, Kennebunk Police Department and Kennebunk Public Services worked diligently before, during and after these storms to keep residents safe and out of harms way. In the aftermath of these storms, we have compiled a list of resources to assist you in navigating the recovery process.
If your home or business sustained damage, it is critical to keep detailed records of the damage including photos and other evidence that can help with potential reimbursement funds.
The Governor continues to ask Maine people and small businesses impacted by last week’s flooding to report it to the state by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting the Mills Administration’s Flood Resources and Assistance Hub at https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/flood
Helpful Links and Resources
- Permitting Guidance for Storm Recovery Activities
- Maine Flood Resources and Assistance Hub
- Post Disaster Insurance Claims Guide
- Resources for assistance and damage reporting
- Maine Emergency Management Agency Homepage
- MEMA memo: Contains resources for businesses and residents
- Resources and tips from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce
- Watch a webinar about Storm Recovery Resources from the Island Institute.
State Disaster Declarations
- At the Direction of the Governor, MEMA Requests Federal Government Initiate Preliminary Disaster Assessment for Last Week’s Devastating Storm and Flooding
- Governor Mills declared a state of Civil Emergency
- Governor Mills Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden for Damage Caused by December Storm and Flooding
- Beach Avenue is now partially open. A portion is still closed between Bruen Place and Harris Lane
- Great Hill Road and Boothby Avenue are now open to through traffic.
Due to storm damage, the Bridle Path from Western Ave. to Lower Sea Rd. is CLOSED. The path is impassable, DO NOT attempt to walk or access.
Homes in the beach area need to follow NFPA 58 Section 188.8.131.52 and have their propane tanks properly secured to prevent flotation in high flood waters.
Where necessary to prevent flotation due to possible high flood waters around aboveground or mounded containers, or high water table for those underground and partially underground, containers shall be securely anchored.
Anchorage of ASME containers usually consists of strapping or bolting the container to concrete pads or foundations or by using mobile-home-type helix anchors. The design of an anchorage system can be complicated and may require a civil engineer to determine an appropriate method based on the soil conditions and anticipated flood levels. However, some jurisdictions may have published approved methods for use based on the type of flooding that may occur.
Anchorage of larger cylinders can be accomplished by strapping or chaining through the foot-ring or by strapping over the cylinder. Chaining or strapping the cylinder to a building or other support can anchor smaller cylinders. When using chains to anchor a cylinder, care should be taken not to damage cylinder paint. Anchors are available for securing manufactured housing, and these have been used for propane containers.
In practice, ASME containers are more likely than cylinders to be anchored. Cylinders, which are usually smaller than ASME containers, may not be anchored because of their smaller size, unless required by local ordinance. Therefore, smaller cylinders can be separated from their connections and be carried away in a flood. Even with their valves open, these cylinders generally do not significantly contribute to overall flood damage, but can complicate the recovery effort, especially if houses moved by flooding are on top of containers. There are also concerns related to the loss of property (i.e., the containers) and hazards to navigation.
The anchoring system should be designed such that the container does not invert. Anchoring the container by passing cables through only the lifting lugs will rarely prevent the container from inverting, likely causing the container to float upside down and the connecting piping to break and release liquid propane.
In addition to making sure containers are properly installed, propane companies should also be appropriately prepared for natural disasters that might occur in their areas (e.g., flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes) and be equipped to properly respond to these.