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Swedish trains cancelled in wake of heavy storm

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Swedish trains cancelled in wake of heavy storm
Flooding in Uddevalla on Sunday. Photo: Göran Sjögren/TT
08:18 CET+01:00
Several trains were still cancelled in southern and central Sweden on Monday morning as flood warnings remained in place following a heavy weekend storm which ripped through the region.

Sweden was beginning to see the calm after Storm Helga on Monday, but rail services on a total of nine routes were suspended at 7.30am as her tail continued to plague large swathes of the Nordic country.

Trains were expected to be running as normal by noon.

Meanwhile, weather forecaster SMHI kept a class three weather warning – the highest possible level – in place for western Sweden, as water levels were still expected to rise.

“There won't be any more rain today, but there's usually a delay so the water continues to rise after it stops raining. I could imagine that it will peak at some point today in many areas,” meteorologist Therese Fougman told the TT news wire.

Fire and rescue services in Varberg and Uddevalla, some of the worst-hit regions, said the night had been quiet.

“We haven't had any call-outs, it's quite incredible,” said officer Kent Arvidsson.

Electricity provider Vattenfall reported that 650 customers were still without power on Monday morning.

“At midnight they were 1,500. But it's been difficult to get access in some locations,” said press officer Michelle von Gyllenpalm.

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Storm Helga hit as a massive clear-up operation was still under way after Storm Gorm swept through southern and western Sweden a week ago, leaving a trail of destruction.

Recording wind speeds of up to 32 metres per second, Gorm left tens of thousands of customers without power and toppled around 2.5 million cubic metres of forest, while residents reported everything from broken window panes to entire roofs blowing off.

Major insurance company Länsförsäkringar told The Local on Wednesday that it expected payouts of around 40-50 million kronor ($5.74 million) in the wake of the autumn storm.

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