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Woman seriously injured in rooftop snowfall

A 55-year-old woman was seriously injured by falling snow from the roof of a building in Blackeberg in Stockholm on Thursday. The cold snap has led to a record number of reports from worried pedestrians over hanging ice.

Large amounts of snow fell over the woman as she was walking past a seven story building in the Stockholm suburb.

“She sustained a compression fracture of the vertebrae. She stood upright and her body was crushed together by the snow fall,” Bengt Kihlberg at west Stockholm police said on Thursday.

The woman was rushed to hospital who were later able to confirm her condition as stable.

A further woman was taken to hospital on Thursday afternoon after she was hit by falling ice on Södermalm in central Stockholm.

The woman sustained a cut to her head, received ten stitches and was then able to leave the hospital.

Since the snow began falling in Stockholm in December the city’s “icicle hotline” has received some 1,800 calls from concerned residents and visitors over the large amounts of overhanging ice and snow from buildings.

This is as many calls as would be expected in a whole season.

It is the responsibility of the individual property owners to ensure that the roofs of their buildings do not pose a potentially fatal hazard to pedestrians.

The service was launched following the death of a 14-year-old boy in 2003 on the city’s main shopping street Drottninggatan.

Members of the public can call 08-50 380 280 and their information is then passed on to the property owner who is turn responsible to removing the ice and snow.

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Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

Large areas of Sweden saw extreme levels of rain over the weekend, with the city of Linköping receiving more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours, twice as it usually receives in the whole of August. 

Floods as Swedish cities get two months of rain in 24 hours

According to Swedish weather forecaster SMHI, the Linköping-Malmslätt area received 96mm between Saturday night at 8am on Sunday morning. The area normally received between 60mm and 70mm in August as a whole. 

“There was such an absurd amount of rain that the data was at first rejected by our system,” Therese Fougman, a meteorologist at the forecaster, told Sweden’s TT newswire. “It is continuing to rain during the day, and it is lying in a band over Östergötland, Sörmland och further up towards Uppland, predicting there would be a further 40mm to 50mm in the next 12 hours. 

The downpours have led to flooding in several areas, and caused traffic problem with cars at risk of aquaplaning on roads such as the E18, which were covered in a thick layer of water. 

Lennart Ågren, who was the duty leader of rescue services in Östra Götaland, told TT on Sunday afternoon that rescuers had been called out to several floods in Linköping and Mantorp. 

“There were streets under water, and water was running into properties so we had to throw all our resources at it for several hours,” he said. 

In Jönköping, rescue services were called out to flooding at a school and in other places, while in Växjö, lightening hit close to the place where a student party was being held at the local university campus. 

In Linköping, rescue services told TT that they had been called out 30 times. “We’ve been stretched but have managed to handle it,” said Pedher Helmer, who was in charge of rescue services in Östergötland over the weekend. 

The heavy rain is expected to move to Blekinge, Skåne, Öland and Gotland over the coming days, with a risk for flooding. 

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