The cost of last week’s severe flooding in southern Norway is likely to hit a quarter-billion kroner (USD 43 million), as insurance firms tally up the damage. In northern Norway, meanwhile, more floods were expected as temperatures hit record highs.
It was warmer in some parts of the Arctic county of Finnmark on Tuesday than it was in the Canary Islands. While residents enjoyed the unusually warm weather, and farmers predicted a good potato harvest, authorities were warning of flooding set off by rapidly melting snow and ice at higher elevations.
In the southern valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, officials at the financial institutions’ trade association Finans Norge (FNO) were expecting insurance claims to hit at least NOK 240 million. The damage was widespread, also into other areas from Agder and Telemark in the west, to Hedmark in the east. Hardest hit were Nord-Fron, Lillehammer, Gausdal, Sør-Fron, Ringebu and Stange, according to insurance firm Gjensidige.
Train service remained disrupted on the Dovrebanen line between Moelv and Lillehammer after another landslide along the tracks. The line also remained closed between Lillehammer and Dombås.