Swedish village cut off after heavy floods

Swedish village cut off after heavy floods
A village in northern Sweden has been cut off since Sunday night after torrential rainfall made the area inaccessible.

“There’s been so much water that the village is cut off. We have to continue farming but luckily there is no milk run today. We’ll have to hope that it has receded enough so that the milk truck can get here tomorrow,” said farmer Sven-Erik Andersson from the Gagsmark village to news agency TT.

“At least it has stopped raining now.”

Gagsmark, near Skellefteå in far northern Sweden, houses some 40 families and is situated between several lakes that flow into the Åby river.

It is this river which has caused the flood. Not even the spring floods generally causes this much trouble for the village. Several of the villagers with jobs further afield were forced to stay home on Monday.

“But when more than one hundred millimetres of rain falls like at the moment, the rivers will overflow, that’s just how it is,” Andersson said.

A total of nine roads were closed off to the public and a further five have limited access.

“The problem is that several road drains weren’t able to keep the water off the roads,” said Thomas Pihl of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to TT.

“Some roads are damaged and must be repaired.”

The water began to recede before midday on Monday.

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