PHOTO: Floods, closed roads, evacuated homes: Extreme weather still creating problems in Norway

Flooding - storm - rainPhoto: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB
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The extreme weather event Gyda continues to create problems in Norway. The E39 is closed in two places in Heim Municipality, and residents in two places in Møre og Romsdal have been evacuated.

On its website, the NVE writes that the worse weather is most likely on Thursday. 

“The water flow will continue to rise, and it is expected that the peak can be reached late Thursday or early Friday morning. This depends on both precipitation and temperature development,” Brigt Samdal at the NVE noted. 

Multiple homes evacuated

A total of 16 homes have been evacuated at Sjøholt in Ålesund Municipality due to a landslide.

“There has been a landslide in/near a construction site at Sjøholt. No injuries have been reported. A total of 16 houses have been evacuated in the area pending geological investigations,” the operations center in the Møre og Romsdal Police District reports.

Operations manager Per Ivar Hovden told the newspaper Sunnmørsposten that the landslide is 5-6 meters wide.

River in Eresfjord creating problems

In Eresfjord in Molde Municipality, the water level in the Dokkelva is very high, and 44 people have been evacuated from their homes.

“It is continuously assessed whether there is a need for further evacuations,” the operations center noted on Wednesday.

Mayor Torgeir Dahl (H) told NRK that the Dokkelva has risen by more than one meter since 7 PM on Wednesday.

“We believe that the river will cross its banks,” he said just after midnight.

There is a lot of water in the roadway in the center of Skodje in Ålesund. Photo: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB

Closed roads

The E39 at Vasslivatnet in Heim Municipality in Trøndelag is closed until Thursday night due to a landslide. It is also closed between Vinjeøra and Stormyra due to flooding, Vegtrafikksentralen midt reports. 

In Gjemnes Municipality, county road 6114 is closed. In Volda, county road 5890 is closed between Åmelfot and Innselset due to a lot of water in the roadway. And in Verdal, county road 6900 is closed at Skjækerfossen due to flooding.

Damage claims

So far, Gjensidige Forsikring has received almost 30 damage claims in connection with Gyda. 

“Several of our customers have already experienced the effects of the large amounts of precipitation and snowmelt,” communications manager Pål Rune Eklo stated.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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