Trysil in eastern Norway was on full alert on Friday afternoon after the local river broke its banks, flooding some nearby businesses and closing the E16 highway. More heavy rain was forecast overnight, and the Water Resources and Energy Directorate said it was expecting anywhere between a five and 50 year flood.
The flood stopped work at the Moelven sawmill, swamped the caravan park, and flooded the basement of the newly renovated Trysil Apartments hotel, causing major water damage. Some water also got into the basement of the Rema 1000 supermarket due to a faulty pump. Mayor Ole Martin Norderhug told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) the worst was yet to come, and the municipality was at the highest flood alert level.
“We have emergency plans, and all areas including the technical department are on alert,” Norderhug said. “The water will certainly rise so much and it will go into the basements of some houses, and the same applies in the industrial area. Small roads may also be closed, but we are not quite there yet.”
“Such as the situation is now and considering that we’re going into the weekend, we found it appropriate to set the staff so that everyone who has responsibilities under the emergency plan is aware and in readiness if there’s a need for help,” he said.
“Trysil river is the waterway which is rising the most now, said Stein Nordvi from the directorate (Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat, NVE). The NVE warned there was also a danger of landslides. The E16 was closed on Friday afternoon at Kongsvinger between Vingersnoret and Overud, with half the highway already under water.