Floods in Central Sweden Force 100s to Evacuate

Flooding has been reported in central parts of Sweden after a storm and heavy rainfall yesterday, 06 September 2015.

WMO figures say that 97 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 05 and 06 September in Hjortkvarn, Örebro County. During the same period, 59 mm fell in Stockholm, and 58 mm in Floda.

Local media are reporting that around 100 homes have been evacuated in Hallsberg in Örebro County, where Kumla and Laxå have also been affected. One person had to be rescued from flood water in Kumla. There was also some concern over a boy who had gone missing in the floods in Hallsberg. Speaking to the news agency TT, Magnus Bern, head of the local rescue service, said the service had been called to a flooded house in Hallsberg where a young boy was feared to have drowned. Thankfully he was found outside the house, wet, but safe and sound.

Some schools in the area have been closed. Local media report that flood water in Hallsberg at one point was over 1 metre deep. By earlier today, 07 September, levels of flood water were said to be falling.

Flooding was also reported in the Stockholm area, causing some disruption to train services. Local media say that flooding in Järfälla municipality in Stockholm county has forced several schools in the area to close.

Swedish Meteorological department say that the heavy rain has mostly eased in central Sweden and no further severe weather warnings are in place.

The country was hit by 4 days of flooding during a period of heavy rain in late August last year. Flooding affected several counties in southern and western Sweden, including Halland, Värmland and Västra Götaland.

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In neighbouring Norway last week, heavy rain between 01 and 02 September 2015 brought flooding to southern parts of the country.

As much as 97 mm of rain fell in Melsom during a 24 hour period between 01 and 02 September 2015.

Local media reported of flooding and damage to infrastructure and private properties in several southern areas of Norway, and several main roads and railways are closed. Several homes evacuated in Rjukan, Telemark. River levels remained high for the next few days but no further flooding was reported.