Damage claims pour in after heavy rain

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 […]

Heavy rain closes E18 highway

Norway’s southern city of Kristiansand was hit hard Friday afternoon by torrential rain that was prompting city officials to call in civil defense forces. Flooded tunnels on the E18 highway that runs through the city forced their closure at around 5pm. Emergency crews were summoned to help evacuate motorists who unwittingly drove into the Banehei […]

Floodwaters may have topped out

UPDATED: Rapid snowmelt combined with rain continues to cause seasonal flooding in southeastern Norway but officials think the worst may be over for now, after some rivers were raised to “red alert” levels heading into the weekend. Water was rising most places, Knut Ola Aamodt, a hydrologist for the state waterways agency NVE, told state […]

Mjøsa tapped to prevent flooding

This winter’s enormous amounts of snow in both the mountains and the valleys have led to such severe flood danger this spring that authorities have begun tapping Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. The idea is to boost capacity in Mjøsa for the spring run-off. Southern and Eastern Norway have had the most snow in years, and […]

Warnings up for both floods, snow

Winter is coming: A sudden plunge in temperatures accompanied by strong winds and precipitation surprised both residents and motorists in Southern Norway during the night, just as areas of Agder and Telemark counties were bracing for more heavy rain. Flood warnings were up again, as were those for possible road closures. Floodwaters receded in the […]

Sørlandet hit by more flooding

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. […]

Southern Norway braced for rainy weekend

State meteorologists were warning residents of Southern Norway, especially the area from Kragerø to Kristiansand known as Sørlandet, to prepare for more intense rain during the weekend. The heavy rain can also cause more damage and flooding. The area is still mopping up after severe flooding just three weeks ago. Now flood warnings were posted […]

Flood prevention funding reduced

The floodwaters that recently inundated many areas of Southern Norway have since receded, only to be replaced with a new flood of criticism against government officials. Last week’s state budget proposal contains a major reduction in funding for flood- and landslide prevention, just weeks after those responsible stressed the importance of such preventative measures. Norwegian […]

Landslide danger as high as the floods

Stunned residents of Norway’s southern-most counties were warned this week that the danger of landslides was as high as the floodwaters that have swamped coastal and inland areas. Many faced utter devastation of their homes and businesses, while so many roads are washed out that highway officials lost track of them all. “We don’t have […]

Flooding inundated Southern Norway

Homes have been evacuated, roads closed, boats swamped in marinas and cars washed away. Norway’s southern counties of East- and West Agder were among the hardest hit by rain so heavy during the weekend that it set off major flooding, especially around Kristiansand. “We’re worried about people’s lives, infrastructure and material values,” said state meteorologist […]