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The Foreigner Landslides close over 70 Norwegian roads. More than 70 roads in counties in western Norway are closed after the recent mild weather set off a series of landslides and flooding. Several hundred people on Vestlandet have been isolated, and meteorologists say more rain is on the way. Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Statens vegvesen) report that up to 25 roads are closed in Hordaland, over 20 in Sogn and Fjordane, 10 are impassable in Rogaland. The driver of a road-clearing vehicle is missing, presumed dead, after he and his lorry were swept off the fylkesvei (main road) 42 into a 160-metre deep lake last night between Tonstad in Sirdal and Helleland near Egersund.

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Landslides close over 70 Norwegian roads

Published on Monday, 17th January, 2011 at 12:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:05.

More than 70 roads in counties in western Norway are closed after the recent mild weather set off a series of landslides and flooding. Several hundred people on Vestlandet have been isolated, and meteorologists say more rain is on the way.



Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Statens vegvesen) report that up to 25 roads are closed in Hordaland, over 20 in Sogn and Fjordane, 10 are impassable in Rogaland.

The driver of a road-clearing vehicle is missing, presumed dead, after he and his lorry were swept off the fylkesvei (main road) 42 into a 160-metre deep lake last night between Tonstad in Sirdal and Helleland near Egersund.

“We fear his vehicle has ended up in Gyavatnet,” Jan Henning Andersen, head of operations in Rogaland police district tells NRK today.

A large mass of snow, ice, and mud closed the E39 motorway in the municipality of Jølster in Sogn og Fjordane early this morning, and Hellesylt village in Strand municipality in Møre og Romsdal has been completely cut off.

Worst hit has been Odda in Hordaland. Three out of four roads out of the village were impassable earlier today, hitting schools and businesses. NRK reporter Egil Torheim says the situation is extremely difficult.

“There are large rivers running along the sides of the road. At the same time there is a layer of ice underneath, so the sand that has been put down on the road is being washed away,” says NRK reporter Egil Torheim.

A Bergensban train travelling between Voss and Bergen was also forced to Voss after a landslide closed the line between Bulken and Evanger, with affected passengers having to be transferred onto buses. A press spokesperson has now told The Foreigner the line is open again.

NPRA officials are now asking motorists to consider leaving their cars at home.

“There is a high risk of further landslides. Things are still looking extremely uncertain. I would recommend people not to drive unless absolutely necessary,” says Camilla Einarsen



Published on Monday, 17th January, 2011 at 12:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:05.

This post has the following tags: landslides, roadclosures, rogaland, hordaland, sognogfjordane, moereogromsdal, statensvegvesen, bergensban.





  
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