UPDATED: Heavy rain in Southern Norway sparked more flooding that forced closure of the E18 highway from Arendal in Aust-Agder all the way to Kragerø in Telemark on Sunday. Five county roads were also closed, but most were reopening on Monday.
There was so much water on the road around Lundevatnet that driving was hazardous. Difficult driving conditions were also reported all over the area known as Sørlandet, with most of downtown Tvedestrand under water Sunday afternoon.
It’s only been three weeks since torrential rain set off the worst flooding ever in Southern Norway. On Sunday police were trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to create detours for communities cut off by the new flooding, The section of the main E18 highway that was closed covered a distance of 80 kilometers (nearly 50 miles) and caused tremendous traffic disruption. Telemark and Vestfold counties were also hit by more flooding by the rains that began on Thursday night.
Floodwaters were receding on Monday but residents were bracing for more rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.