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The Foreigner Norway flood warnings issued, railways hit. Several parts of eastern and southern Norway face are likely to see considerable flooding these next few days with considerably more rain believed on the way. Norwegian Resources and Energy Directorate officials warn of high river water levels in southern parts due to snow and rain. Dovrebanen is closed. “Rain and rain showers in the coming days could lead to large increases water flow and localised flooding even in areas without snow. The expected increase in water levels in many of the larger lakes in Østlandet lowlands the next few days,” they say.

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Norway flood warnings issued, railways hit

Published on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2013 at 07:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd May 2013 at 10:04.

Several parts of eastern and southern Norway face are likely to see considerable flooding these next few days with considerably more rain believed on the way.



Norwegian Resources and Energy Directorate officials warn of high river water levels in southern parts due to snow and rain. Dovrebanen is closed.

“Rain and rain showers in the coming days could lead to large increases water flow and localised flooding even in areas without snow. The expected increase in water levels in many of the larger lakes in Østlandet lowlands the next few days,” they say.

According to officials, Telemark, Buskerud, and Oppland Counties could see up to 50mm of rain in places during Wednesday, with 50-year flood water levels.

Aust-Agder, Hedmark, Vestfold, Akershus, Oslo, Østfold,  Sør-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, and inner parts of Nord-Trøndelag might have waters up in 5-year flooding levels.

They could rise above this, even reaching the 50-year mark, however. Some rivers with reported to have higher levels are Skien, Numedal, Gudbrandsdal, and Glomma.

State railway NSB staff says the Hamar-Eidsvoll stretch is closed due to waterlogged tracks. Personnel are working on alternative solutions for passengers, but report a shortage of available taxis for the moment.

Regional trains are running between Skien/Larvik-Eidsvoll, and Hamar to Lillehammer in both directions, but passengers will have to use the buses laid on between Eidsvoll-Hamar-Eidsvoll.

Årnes-Haga local train services are also hit due to line closures. Buses are replacing this stretch, but there is also a taxi shortage here. The Asker-Kongsvinger-Asker route is running.

Officials at the Norwegian Resources and Energy Directorate also warn snow melting will cause flooding in Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark Counties.

They say Vefsna, Målselv, and Tana may experience water levels seen once every five years during the course of this week.

Melting in areas with at least 50cm of snow could cause mudslides, with flows of debris possible due to this.

“Snow melting combined with rain and waterlogged soil increases the risk of landslides and slides,” state officials.

On the roads, the Public Roads Administration (NPRA/Vegvesen) say main road 491 between Dovre and Dombås is closed at Killi, Oppland County.

A lot of water is also affecting traffic on the E6 motorway at Stange in eastern Norway’s Hedmark County.

Still in the east of the country, Akershus County’s Rælingstunnelen is only open in one direction, with a lot of surface water being reported in areas of Oslo and Østfold County.




Published on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2013 at 07:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd May 2013 at 10:04.

This post has the following tags: norwayweather, floodingnorway.





  
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