Sweden's north ravaged by torrential downpour
20 Sep 2013, 08:46
Published: 20 Sep 2013 08:46 GMT+02:00
The rains have been hitting parts of Jämtland and Västernorrland in Sweden's mid north, seeing roads closed and storm drains flooded. Sweden's weather agency SMHI issued a Class 1 warning, meaning there is a risk of damages to societal functions such as telephone lines and electricity cables.
It issued a second Class 1 warning on Friday morning to alert to the high risk of more floods in the area. The affected areas can expect up to 50 millimetres of rain in a 24-hour period.
With roads shut down between Kramfors and Sollefteå due to the flooding, emergency teams were at work transporting people in the area to safety as a preventative measure.
"There are people in the area who are quite isolated. We have made efforts with elderly people who need home care. They have been taken to elderly homes in rescue vehicles," Peter Norell of the local emergency services told the TT news agency.
The rains have kept many areas in northern Sweden to a standstill this week, with some the town of Västmarkum hit by 130 millimetres of rain since Monday.
The wet weather is expected to move on around midday on Friday, but will likely hit areas further north, SMHI announced on its website.