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Chaos reigns in central Sweden after heavy rain
Bus in Älvsjö southwest of Stockholm to Farsta caught in heavy rain on July 29

Chaos reigns in central Sweden after heavy rain

Published: 30 Jul 2010 09:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Jul 2010 09:18 GMT+02:00

Central Sweden was hammered by heavy rainfall on Thursday, with emergency calls overwhelming rescue services on flooded roads and properties. Several traffic accidents occurred, but no injuries were reported.

The heavy rain caused several floods. The worst precipation fell over Mariefred and Södertälje southwest of Stockholm.

"It is a little chaotic," said Anders Edstam, lieutenant at Södertörn fire department southeast of Stockholm. "We have extremely heavy rain, especially over Södertalje, but it has also caused a number of problems in Huddinge."

He added, "It has gone on for hours now and we are so overwhelmed that we have been forced to respond to only the most significant events. We do not have time to help some homes and private residences and have been forced to focus on warehouses and properties with higher economic values."

The rain also caused several traffic accidents, but by 7pm, emergency services had received no reports of any serious injuries.

"The main roads are passable, but there is an enormous amount of water, so people are trapped in large volumes of water," said Edstam.

In the evening, the precipitation drifted further westward and caused severe problems, particularly in Örebro. Orienteering competition O-ring was preparing to evacuate about 450 camping orienteers in the evening from the camping site to a sports facility.

"Everyone understands that this is an organiser's nightmare," said Inge Blomberg, general secretary for O-ringen 2010. "However, all have stepped in to help. When it gets so nasty, some sort of community within it comes into existence and it is an awesome experience."

When news agency TT asked how it looked at the campsite, Blomberg answered, "Have you ever have paddled in a canoe in a swamp delta?"

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:49 July 30, 2010 by NickM
"We do not have time to help some homes and private residences and have been forced to focus on warehouses and properties with higher economic values."

Sounds like New Orleans - as long as those with money and the big houses are OK then no one need worry.
14:55 July 30, 2010 by rumcajs
@ nick m,

You are right. Those properties with higher economic values don't represent that much for the company that owns them. But those homes and private residences might be all their owners have.

20 years ago, you might have thought that, but keep it for yourself. Now, they say it openly and seem to be "acceptable" as the right thing to do. Corporations are more important than people, capital is more important than people, people is always the last in the line and they take it as the correct thing to do. This is sad and evil.
19:47 July 30, 2010 by oasking
"In the evening, the precipitation drifted further westward and caused severe problems, particularly in Örebro. Orienteering competition O-ring was preparing to evacuate about 450 camping orienteers in the evening from the camping site to a sports facility."

Preparing to evacuate? The weather has been crappy since the competition started and the people are used to the rain. The camp is behind my building and I wonder what could have necessitated this story. The game ends tomorrow and some people are already leaving the camp site.
21:56 July 30, 2010 by Argentina84
@rumcajs: I could not agree more!

That is the real capitalism. :(
02:13 July 31, 2010 by DAVID T
@rumcajs & Argentina84 my commie friends

How do you know those properties with higher economic values don't represent that much for the company that owns them? I take it you went around and asked the owners?

Of course it's better to rescue a cat from a radhus than to save company's so peole will lose their jobs
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