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Swedish village cut off after heavy floods

Swedish village cut off after heavy floods

Published: 08 Oct 2012 12:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Oct 2012 12:47 GMT+02:00

“There’s been so much water that the village is cut off. We have to continue farming but luckily there is no milk run today. We’ll have to hope that it has receded enough so that the milk truck can get here tomorrow," said farmer Sven-Erik Andersson from the Gagsmark village to news agency TT.

“At least it has stopped raining now.”

Gagsmark, near Skellefteå in far northern Sweden, houses some 40 families and is situated between several lakes that flow into the Åby river.

It is this river which has caused the flood. Not even the spring floods generally causes this much trouble for the village. Several of the villagers with jobs further afield were forced to stay home on Monday.

“But when more than one hundred millimetres of rain falls like at the moment, the rivers will overflow, that’s just how it is,” Andersson said.

A total of nine roads were closed off to the public and a further five have limited access.

“The problem is that several road drains weren’t able to keep the water off the roads,” said Thomas Pihl of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to TT.

“Some roads are damaged and must be repaired."

The water began to recede before midday on Monday.

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13:42 October 8, 2012 by Alexey-nsk
kondoleanser till de boende, alla de bästa
14:51 October 8, 2012 by Dukratus
Well saying that Skellefteå is situated in the far north of sweden is "kinda" inaccurate to be honest... When I saw the headline I thought it was right here in Norrbotten only to find out that it was in Västerbotten instead... Instead of far north, which is wrong, you should have used Västerbotten in the first place. Anyways my condolences to all those people from someone who lives a little further north....
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