Flood danger over for now

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State officials at Norway’s water and energy directorate NVE have reported that the danger of new, serious flood damage is over for now, following last week’s heavy flooding in much of eastern and southern Norway.

NVE officials told news bureau NTB that water levels were declining in rivers and lakes. Floodwaters were receding in the valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen and in the hard-hit area around Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa.

“The flooding isn’t over, but rain predictions for the next several days suggest it will recede,” Ingjerd Haddeland of NVE told NTB. The water in Lake Mjøsa was still very high, she noted, but 14 centimeters below its highest level last Thursday and six centimeters below the level the day before.

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