Rain, rails close roads in Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth

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FALMOUTH — Heavy rain over the weekend required closing several roads in Falmouth and Cumberland.

As of Monday morning, police said, the only road closed in Falmouth was lower Blackstrap Road between Davis Farm Road and Brook Road, at the Lambert Street Bridge.

The bridge is expected to remain closed for two to three days, the Maine Department of Transportation said Monday, because heavy current and debris are preventing crews from properly inspecting the pier footings of the structure.

In North Yarmouth, the raging Royal River forced the closing of Route 9 and left Baston Park under water.

In Cumberland there were weather- and non-weather-related road closures.

Route 9 near Tuttle Road, Main Street at Greely High School and Schuster Road were all closed because of flooding.

Tuttle and Greely Roads will have closures on Monday and Tuesday for rail deliveries along the Pan Am Railways. Fields Road and Woodville Road in Falmouth may also be effected by the unloading process.

The unloading process will block road crossings for approximately 10 to 15 minutes as the train pulls across the crossing and the rail strings are cut, according to Cumberland police.

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Route 9 in North Yarmouth was closed Monday morning as water from the rising, expanding Royal River approached the roadway.

Baston Park in North Yarmouth was under water Monday morning after more than two days of drenching rain put the Royal River over its banks.

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