Autumn weather causes trouble in Oslo and Viken, fallen trees block traffic

Fallen treePhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The start of autumn created challenges on the roads in Oslo and Viken. In several places, fallen trees blocked traffic.

The Oslofjord tunnel at Frogn and Asker in Viken is closed due to floods.

The E6 between Trosterud and Furuset in Oslo in the direction of Gardermoen was also partially closed for a while due to a lot of water.

“We have some flooding here and there, and trees that have fallen,” traffic operator in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration Mikael Olsen told news bureau NTB at 7:45 AM on Saturday.

The Follo tunnel in the direction of Moss was also closed for a while due to traffic accidents. At 8 o’clock, Vegtrafikksentralen Øst announced on Twitter that is was open again.

Problems with drains

Olsen said that a lot of leaves means that the drains can’t take away all the rain that came down through the night.

“What our contractors do a lot is to loosen clogged drains. Then the water flows better,” says Olsen.

He said that fallen trees also caused problems in several other places.

A lane on Nedre Rælingsvei by Nordby in Follo was closed due to a tree that has fallen due to strong winds.

“There are crews on the way to remove the tree. The police are not on the scene,” the Eastern Police District wrote on Twitter at 7:37 AM on Saturday.

Olsen said that major roads would be cleared first.

“Small roads will not be prioritized,” he added.

Delays on the metro

The metro section between Holmen and Hovseter also experienced delays due to a fallen tree.

“It must run on the opposite track, so there will be delays,” Sporveien press officer Jan Rustad told NTB.

“We are now working to remove it,” he added.

Rustad said that trees were blown down in several places along the metro tracks during the night until Saturday, but no other sections were blocked.

A “yellow” rain warning has been issued in the eastern part of the country on Saturday.

Between 40 and 60 millimeters of rain is expected in 12 hours.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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