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Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg

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.

Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg

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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Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

Sweden's state-owned rail company SJ cancelled several train services on Tuesday as a result of the snowy weather, while forecasters warned that roads could still be slippery in many regions.

Trains delayed and roads slippery in Sweden despite lower snowfall

SJ is cancelling several regional trains on Tuesday between Stockholm and Uppsala, Stockholm and Västerås, and Gävle and Linköping at the request of the Swedish Transport Administration, which wants to free up space on the tracks. 

At the same time, weather forecaster SMHI warned that, while snowfall would decrease over the day, there would still be a risk of slippery roads in many areas.

“It’s still continuing to snow, but the intensive snowfall we are now warning about will come to an end during the day, starting in the south of the country,” state meteorologist Angelica Lundberg told the TT newswire.  “Over the coming days there may be an increased risk of slipping and this is the case most of all close to the coast.” 

Bengt Olsson, press officer for the Swedish Transport Administration, told SVT that the disruptions seen on Sunday and Monday looked likely to ease off on Tuesday. 

“It’s a bit calmer so far. There’s another type of road surface to day. It’s starting to freeze up a but. There’s a lot of crust from the snow and patches of ice out on the road, so its the risk of skidding that we are trying to deal with today.”

The slippery roads have led to some busses being cancelled, with Dalatrafiken, the bus operator in Dalarna, cancelling several regional bus services. 

Buses parked at the Keolis bus depot in Värtahamnen cruise terminal in Stockholm.
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Stockholm’s transport operator SL suspended the Lindingöbanan Light-railway line on Tuesday morning, and has also reduced some commuter train services. In Söderort, Huddinge and Botkyrka all bus services have been cancelled. 

“The measures taken to prevent skidding aren’t working,” SL’s press spokesperson Andreas Strömberg told SVT. “At Juliaborg in Huddinge six of our buses got stuck, so the traffic controllers decided to cancel all further services so we can get in snow ploughs.

Snow was continuing to fall on Tuesday over much of central Sweden, and SMHI has issued the lowest “yellow” weather warning for Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro, Dalarna, and the north of Värmland. 

In most places, there is now between 5cm-15cm of snow, with 20cm in some places. 

 
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