Floods in Vestland County: Almost all roads open again

In recent days, many roads in Vestland County, in western Norway, have been closed due to flooding.

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There have been major floods in Western Norway since Thursday. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters / Unsplash

Now almost all of them are open again, according to the Norwegian Road Administration.

However, two smaller bridges, in Skulestad and Ullensvang, are still closed to passenger cars, traffic operator Kjetil Larsen in the Norwegian Road Administration told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

There have been major floods in Western Norway since Thursday.

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Voss area hit by major floods

On Sunday, Voss Municipality wrote in a press release that the flood it experienced has probably been the second worst in the area in modern times.

The village of Evanger, in the same municipality, believes these were the worst floods the village was exposed to in modern times.

Insurance companies report that most of the damage in the area was caused by water entering into cellars or leaks through roofs and walls.

“Grateful that no lives have been lost”

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented on the floods in Voss on Saturday, thanking everyone who helped limit the damage.

“I want to thank everyone who is now – in various ways – ensuring that people are safe and working hard to limit the damage caused by the flood. We are all grateful that no lives have been lost,” Prime Minister Støre said.

“The destruction is extensive, and the flood has led to closed roads, blocked train traffic, and a lot of damage. There is damage to houses and homes, businesses have been shut down, schools and cultural centres have been flooded, and sports fields destroyed,” he added.

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Several mountain passes in southern Norway closed on Sunday due to bad weather

Several mountain passes in southern Norway are closed on Sunday, including the pass on national highway 7 over Hardangervidda.

Several mountain passes in southern Norway closed on Sunday due to bad weather

The road traffic centre announced at 7 o’clock on Twitter that three of the mountain crossings were closed to traffic on Sunday morning.

The roads in question include county road 50 Aurland-Hol and county road 53 Tyin-Årdal. In addition, national highway 7 over Hardangervidda is closed until noon, while national highway 52 over Hemsedalsfjellet is at risk of being closed.

Convoy driving has been implemented on national highway 13 Vikafjell, European highway 16 Filefjell, and national highway 15 Strynefjellet, news bureau NTB reports.

On European highway 134 Haukeli, there is a queue between Vågslid and Haukeli due to bad weather.

“The road can be closed at short notice,” the road traffic centre warned.