Flood warning: Swedish towns on high alert after rivers burst their banks

Flood warning: Swedish towns on high alert after rivers burst their banks
The River Lagan has burst its banks at Knäred in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Halmstad in south-western Sweden has called for national aid as flood warnings rise to the highest level possible.

A total of 15,000 sand bags and 1,500 metres of barriers were being sent to the Halland region by Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency on Monday, as the region braced itself for rising water levels.


A cyclist tries to make his way through Laholm on Sunday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

“More rain is expected on Tuesday and we want to be prepared,” Johan Wallin of the Halmstad fire and rescue services told local newspaper Hallandsposten.


A class-three flood warning is in place for the Halland region in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The rain, water levels and wind have also had consequences for trains in southern parts of Sweden. Several trains were cancelled on Sunday, but all trains are said to be running again on Monday.


Lagan overflowing at Knäred on Sunday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Class-three flood warnings (the highest kind on a scale from one to three) are currently in place for Nissan, from Hyltebruk to where it runs out in Halmstad, and the River Lagan, from Bolmån to the sea.


Flood warnings on Monday morning. Yellow is a class-one warning, orange class-two and red class-three. Photo: SMHI/OpenStreetMap

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI defines a class-three warning as “extreme weather” that could cause “great danger to the public”. Such floods happen on average every 50 years in Sweden.


Business owners building flood barriers in an industrial area at Knäred. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The water in Lagan and Nissan is still rising, said SMHI, mainly due to a lot of rain in recent weeks, and the rivers have burst their banks in several places in the Halland region.


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