Fire Moves Fast .

15 Feet Below

date. 2014

city. Portland, ME

role . reporter/producer

An excerpt from 15 Feet Below, a long-form multimedia documentary about the flooding of two towns in Northern Maine.

A multimedia piece with photos, video, an essay and more at Atavist's 15 Feet Below

Produced by Chloe Prasinos in collaboration with Pete Lang-Stanton and Roger Smith at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Spring 2014. Music: Pete Lang-Stanton

A home in Flagstaff floods.
A home in Flagstaff floods.

It was fall of 1949 when the gates of the Long Falls Dam were shut and the Dead River swelled backwards up the valley forming Flagstaff Lake.

Workers lift powerlines
Workers lift powerlines

The towns underwent a comprehensive graft. Some wedged I-beams between the foundation and ground floor of their homes, lifted them onto flatbeds, and trucked them down to their new plot of land in Stratton-Eustis, a few dozen miles upstream.

The waters approaches
The waters approaches

In 1948, the construction of Long Falls Dam began. When it was completed, what remained of Flagstaff was swallowed by a brand new lake.

A home in Flagstaff floods.
A home in Flagstaff floods.

It was fall of 1949 when the gates of the Long Falls Dam were shut and the Dead River swelled backwards up the valley forming Flagstaff Lake.

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Historical Photographs Contributed by: Dead River Area Historical Society, Mary and Lee Henderson, Jeff Hinman, Forest and June Parsons, Kenny Wing, and Earl Wyman Jr.