Flooding threatens northern Sweden

TT/The Local
TT/The Local - [email protected] • 7 May, 2008 Updated Wed 7 May 2008 08:37 CEST

The national weather service, SMHI, has issued a warning for extremely strong currents in streams near the coast in southern Norrbotten in northern Sweden.


In central Boden, which lies about 40 kilometres inland, embankments are being constructed to protect against flooding and roads have been closed in several areas.

”This is a record-high water level which came quite quickly, and we aren’t used to this type of situation,” said Carl Skoglund, head of Boden municipality, to Sveriges Radio.

Embankments have been constructed around Lillvan lake in Boden to protect a viaduct over which both roads and rail tracks pass.

At the same time, power company Bodens Energi has opened its dams to release as much water as possible into the Lule River.

Two roads in Norbotten, Route 560 in Älvsbyn municipality and Route 761 in Boden, have been closed due to flooding.

Route 702 in Västerbotten county’s Lycksele municipality has also been closed.

The Class 3 warning for extremely strong currents issued by SMHI means there is a danger for serious flooding problems.

SMHI is also warning for strong currents in the Öre River and Lögde River in Västerbotten and in medium-sized streams in an area along the southern edge of the Norbotten coast.

Additional areas at risk for strong currents include small streams in Norbotten and Västerbotten counties, apart from valleys and the coast, as well in the valleys of Jämtland county.

The warnings also apply to medium-sized streams and large unregulated forest rivers in snow-covered parts of northwestern Svealand, southern Norrland, the Västerbotten coast, and southwestern parts of Norrbotten country.


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