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Storm sweeps western Norway after meteorologists issued a red warning

Storm sweeps western Norway after meteorologists issued a red warning

Five people and a dog have been evacuated from a separate home in Voss, Ardal’s cultural heritage is at risk of flooding, and police are warning everyone to stay outdoors, after meteorologists announced a red alert of danger on Friday.

Several places in the country were affected by large amounts of water on Friday, and the Norwegian Waterways and Energy Directorate (NVE) raised its flood warning level to red for central and inland regions of Vestland County.

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Flood: Foss. Photo: Kåre Breivik / TV 2

Utladalen, Ardal.  Photo: Kåre Breivik / TV 2

Utladalen, Ardal. Photo: Kåre Breivik / TV 2

Floods and floods in the Ardal.  Photo: Bjørge Kilen

Floods and floods in the Ardal. Photo: Bjørge Kilen

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

Flom photos in Vossevangen on Friday 11 November 2022. Photo: Svanhild Brekke Opheim

High risk

Bad weather is expected to cause widespread flooding, erosion damage and outdoor flood damage, which in turn could lead to road and bridge closures.

Police are asking people in open areas to be careful and to avoid outdoor travel unless absolutely necessary. There is a high risk of landslides, large flows of water, and floods. Roads can be closed in a short time, the police write in a press release.

Weather: The mayor of Ardal has set up a municipal crisis team.  Photo: Styve Andersen / Porten.no/ NTB

Weather: The mayor of Ardal has set up a municipal crisis team. Photo: Styve Andersen / Porten.no/ NTB

Evacuate more people

Five people and a dog were evacuated from a home in Tejedalen in Voss that was at risk of flooding. They are safe, but still trapped in the water.

– They’re in a safe area now, but they can’t go any further because of all the water. But they are sitting in a tractor and are safe, he told NTB.

The fire brigade assisted with the evacuation. Half a meter of water flows from the Tegedal River around the house, and the center is 110 Fest.

Police District West wrote on Twitter that the river had begun to rise above the road in the valley.

The road is closed and not drivable. There is also water around the houses in the area. Emergency services are on the scene, and evacuations of people are continuously evaluated. E16 in Voss is closed in several places due to the flooding, which particularly affects the interior of western Norway.

There is a large flow of water and in some places is several meters higher than the normal water level.

closed bridges

Voss Herrad created Crisis Management. On Friday evening, they announced that both the Langabro and Evanger Bridge, which spans the E16 motorway into central Evanger, are closed as a result of flooding in the area.

In addition, the municipality chose to cut off electricity to the Friedheim Housing Association and the Voss Wanderer House.

Campsite cleanup: Desperate campers at Voss Camping try to save their caravans from the massive amounts of water from Vangsvatnet.  Photo: Stine Carlsen / Avisa Hordaland / NTB

Campsite cleanup: Desperate campers at Voss Camping try to save their caravans from the massive amounts of water from Vangsvatnet. Photo: Stine Carlsen / Avisa Hordaland / NTB

The municipality fears dire consequences.

Flooding on Voss has dire consequences. In a worst-case scenario, we may exceed the flood level in 2014, the municipality wrote in a press release Friday evening.

They noted that it is still uncertain when the flood will reach its peak. Raundalselva has reached its peak, while Strandaelva has a very high water flow compared to 2014.

Odda, Voss, Flåm and Lærdal were all badly affected by the 200-year floods in 2014, which caused significant destruction and took over many homes and infrastructure.

camping mess

Desperate campers at Voss Camping try to save their caravan from massive amounts of water from Lake Vangsvatnet.

– Here is a complete chaos, people and cars are crisscrossing within the area. Now they have to get something done with Vangsvatnet! One of the guests, Rune Hagebø, shouts to Avisa hordland.

This is how they work against water masses, watch the video:

Weather threatens cultural heritage in Ardal

The first industrial area of ​​Ardal, of inestimable cultural and historical value, is in danger of collapsing due to a massive flood.

– Rising water flow in Offerdalsvassdraget after Friday means old buildings are at risk of being taken over, says Mayor Hjalmar Hall in press release.

He talks about disturbing reports from Indre Ofredal about very high flows of water in the river and Cliflevusen. The water has already penetrated into a smaller outbuilding there. An expert visited and concluded there was nothing else to do but wait.

Watch the massive destruction in the video below:

– Fire chief Gaute Johnsgård says it is too dangerous for measures to be implemented here now.

The mayor has appointed a municipal crisis team. Reports indicate that the flood peak will reach around midnight, so readiness must be maintained in the municipality throughout the evening and night.

Several closed roads

The Swedish Road Traffic Center warned Friday afternoon that they had received a report of a landslide on National Highway 13 in Ullensvang, Vestland.

A message about a landslide blocking the road. It doesn’t have to be a former lane, you say Twitter It’s 4:29 pm

In an update of 17:25, the Swedish Road Traffic Agency wrote that the road remains closed until further notice.

– It is assumed that the landslide has eased the height of 10 meters and an assessment will be made whether it is possible to remove the slip during the day tomorrow. So a new assessment is set at 12:00.

E16 is closed in several places in the municipality of Voss due to flooding. E16 at Hole in Voss is closed due to flooding.

The road was also closed in Finney, between Voss and Opheim due to flooding.

The Voss – Dale section on the Bergen Railroad has been closed due to excessive amounts of rain and water falling on the track, Bane Nor wrote on Twitter.

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