Flooding continues in north-west Finland

Waters on Wednesday flooded the centre of Ylikiiminki. (Antti Huttu-Hiltunen / Yle)
Waters on Wednesday flooded the centre of Ylikiiminki. (Antti Huttu-Hiltunen / Yle)

Large ice floes clogging rivers continue to raise spring flooding in some areas of Finland, particularly in northern Ostrobothnia between the Simo and Kiiminki rivers.

Rising waters in the Simo river at Nikkilä have flooded some private roads and may threaten homes in the town centre.

An ice jam at Ylikiiminki caused the Kiiminki river to overflow it banks on Wednesday morning, cutting the road from Oulu.

According to the Finnish Environment Centre’s chief hydrologist, Bertel Vehviläinen, flooding in the Tornio river valley may worsen as well, but probably not before the beginning of May.

Vehviläinen added that water levels in small and mid-sized lakes in southern Finland, Satakunta and South Ostrobothia are now at their peak.

It is likely that rainfall in coming weeks will be light and not further worsen flooding.

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