Heavy Rain Prompts Flood Warnings for Norway


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Heavy rainfall has left parts of western Norway suffering from flooding and power outages. Roads have been blocked and traffic disrupted. However, so far the flooding has not caused any significant damage, despite flood warnings from MET Norway.

Mid to high level Flood warnings were issued for parts Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland and Rogaland. Voss and around Vossovassdraget lake in Hordaland were thought to be at particular risk of flooding. A high level flood warning remains in place for this area.

Rainfall figures for the 24 hour period between 26 and 27 October 2014:

  • Mjolfjell (near Voss), Hordaland – 65.4 mm
  • Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane – 60.6 mm
  • Sauda, Rogaland – 68.7 mm

Further heavy rainfall is expected until late Tuesday.

Parts of Rogaland county saw severe flooding in August this year after a period of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

Sweden

Some heavy rainfall has also affected parts of Sweden. Local media report that floods inundated the small village of Sälen in in Malung-Sälen Municipality, Dalarna County, after the Västerdal River burst its banks on Saturday 25 October 2014. River levels were thought to be about 1.5 to 2 metres above normal.

On Saturday 26 October, heavy rain in western Sweden flooded some towns around the coast. According to local media Northern Bohuslän suffered most from the heavy rainfall which pushed from the North Sea on Friday and Saturday night. A number of buildings were evacuated in the small town of Skee close to Strömstad.

File Photo: Heavy rain in Hordaland, Norway. Photo: Jill / flickr
File Photo: Heavy rain in Hordaland, Norway. Photo: Jill / flickr