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Monday, April 15, 2024

More flooding after more rain

The deluge of 2011 continued through the night and into Monday, with rain pouring down on widespread areas of southern and eastern Norway. In Bamble, Telemark County, the settlement of Rørholt was isolated once again.

“We’re very upset,” Thomas Dalene of Bamble told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “Our road is steadily under water.”

Dalene didn’t dare drive his car through the latest round of flooding after more heavy and constant rain drenched already saturated areas. It literally rained all night long, with Asker, Vestfold, Aust-Agder and Kongsberg on the verge of setting new records for rainfall.

Several roads were also closed in Akerhus north of Oslo and in various areas of Østfold County. Train service between Drammen and Oslo was disrupted around Spikkestad because of all the water on the tracks.

The latest rainstorm that moved along the southern coast on Sunday was continuing northward towards Oppland and Hedmark, counties which also have had more than their fill of rain this summer and early fall. A state meteorologist said the worst of it should be over by Tuesday.

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