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Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg

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Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg
12:54 CET+01:00
Emergency services are cautioning motorists in Gothenburg in western Sweden to take care as a recent wave of winter weather has left a number of roads in the city's road flooded.

Due to the flooding, accessibility is heavily restricted in Sweden's second biggest city and barriers have been put up in several locations in a collaborative effort between police, rescue services and the transportation administration.

A number of cars were stuck on flooded streets in Gothenburg on Friday night.

One woman received life threatening injuries when her car sank on a flooded street in the Gamlestaden part of the city.

She was discovered by a police squad as she tried to exit her car on the blocked off street.

"Cars have gotten stuck in the water in several locations when the drivers have tried to get around the barriers," Lars Gunnar Gustafsson at the Västra Götaland police told news agency TT.

"But most of them have made it out without injuries."

By Saturday morning the water levels had started to sink.

Flood levels in Gothenburg peaked around 4am on Saturday morning when the water level was 146 centimetres above normal.

The Götatunneln tunnel was reopened for traffic on Saturday after being closed off on Friday evening due to water gushing up the storm drains.

Traffic at the Älvsborgs bridge was also running smoothly again on Saturday.

Some locations in Gothenburg are however still flooded.

About 14,000 customers were without electricity on Saturday morning, and in the Västernorrland region in northern Sweden about 8,500 customers are without power.

In the Västerbotten region about 5,000 are without power, and in Västra Götaland the number is about 1,000.

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