Norwegians evacuated after heavy rains cause flooding

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 11:20 AM
Norwegians evacuated after heavy rains cause flooding

HELSINKI (AP) — Parts of southern Norway are under water after heavy rains lashed the region at the weekend causing floods, damaging property and closing roads.

Iris Straume from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute says officials emptied 100 homes in the southwestern town of Eigersund and a bridge collapsed near Kristiansand, on the southern tip of the Scandinavian country. There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

"It was the worst storm in 150 years," Straume said Monday, adding that the bad weather had passed.

It was the second storm in a week to hit southern Scandinavia following the previous weekend's extreme weather that damaged buildings and toppled trees in southern Sweden and Denmark, canceling trains and ferries as winds reached up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph).