Damage claims pour in after heavy rain

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Residents of Kristiansand and several other areas of Southern Norway were mopping up after being inundated with heavy rain that set off flash flooding during the weekend. Insurance companies had already received hundreds of claims because of water damage by Saturday.

“It’s mostly because of interior water damage and cars that were under water,” Sigmund Clementz, information chief in major insurance firm If, told news bureau NTB. He said most of the damage claims were from Kristiansand and areas just west of the city.

Kristiansand’s neighborhood of Grim was hit hardest, but flooding and damage was also reported elsewhere in the Agder counties, and in Telemark, Vestfold, Buskerud, Akershus and Oslo. More than 150 millimeters of rain were reported in some areas. Water was up to the waists of some people wading through the streets of Kristiansand, where two major tunnels were also closed by flooding.

It also rained heavily in Oslo on Sunday and the rain resumed during the night and early Monday. Meteorologists predicted variable weather through the week.

newsinenglish.no staff