Melting snow brings floods to central Sweden

River water reaches a house in Söderhamn, central Sweden. (Christian Höijer/Radio Sweden)
The national weather service SMHI has issued warnings for 8 different counties where this winter’s unusually heavy snow is now melting and flowing downstream.

Gävleborg county has been hardest hit with the Norrala River creeping up its banks and flooding some nearby buildings.

To the west of that in Malung-Sälen municipality, officials there say the situation is under control for now, as long as the weather cooperates.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Flood worries in Finland as river levels rise, YLE News

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s glaciers are melting away, Radio Sweden

United States: Gulf of Alaska quake prompts alerts, evacuations and review of response, Alaska Public Media

Frank Radosevich, Radio Sweden

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