Four homes were evacuated in and around Norway’s northern city of Alta on Monday, along with a school. The main E6 highway between Lakselv and Karasjok was also closed by flooding.
Melting snow, rain and rising temperatures set off the spring floods that had been warned for weeks. Water levels in the rivers around Porsanger were continuing to rise as Finnmark braced for damage and disruption.
“We have lots of rushing and rising water in several areas of Finnmark,” Anders Bjordal, a district engineer for state waterways agency NVE, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Water levels were expected to top out between Wednesday and Thursday. The E6 highway, meanwhile, may reopen Tuesday morning.