Rising waters threaten trains

Flooding in the Gothenburg area was threatening to leave train passengers stranded at lunchtime on Monday, with water levels in rivers and lakes across western Sweden rising rapidly.

Many parts of the town of Arvika, 250 km north of Gothenburg, were flooded on Monday. Train traffic around western Sweden was also facing major disruption, with lines in and out of Gothenburg worst hit.

Commuter trains between Gothenburg and nearby Kungsbacka were cancelled, as was the line between Gothenburg and Malmö. A reduced service was operating between Borås and Varberg.

“We’re working flat out to provide replacement buses,” said Edvard Lind at train operator SJ.

Meteorological office SMHI issued a class two severe weather warning at lunchtime. River levels in the rivers of Ätran Säveån and Upperudsälven were one cause of concern for SMHI.

The level of Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake, is rising by 2 centimetres a day.

The water level in the Glasfjorden inlet, near Arvika, rose 5 centimetres between Sunday and Monday, according to local emergency services chief Thomas Erlandsson. The level of the inlet was on Tuesday morning 47.27 metres above sea level – two metres below the level it reached during the floods of 2000. Emergency services predict the water level rising by a further 25 centimetres by Thursday.

A number of streets were flooded in central Arvika, as are parts of the town’s park.