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Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg

Emergency services are cautioning motorists in Gothenburg in western Sweden to take care as a recent wave of winter weather has left a number of roads in the city's road flooded.

Motorists trapped in flooded Gothenburg

Due to the flooding, accessibility is heavily restricted in Sweden’s second biggest city and barriers have been put up in several locations in a collaborative effort between police, rescue services and the transportation administration.

A number of cars were stuck on flooded streets in Gothenburg on Friday night.

One woman received life threatening injuries when her car sank on a flooded street in the Gamlestaden part of the city.

She was discovered by a police squad as she tried to exit her car on the blocked off street.

“Cars have gotten stuck in the water in several locations when the drivers have tried to get around the barriers,” Lars Gunnar Gustafsson at the Västra Götaland police told news agency TT.

“But most of them have made it out without injuries.”

By Saturday morning the water levels had started to sink.

Flood levels in Gothenburg peaked around 4am on Saturday morning when the water level was 146 centimetres above normal.

The Götatunneln tunnel was reopened for traffic on Saturday after being closed off on Friday evening due to water gushing up the storm drains.

Traffic at the Älvsborgs bridge was also running smoothly again on Saturday.

Some locations in Gothenburg are however still flooded.

About 14,000 customers were without electricity on Saturday morning, and in the Västernorrland region in northern Sweden about 8,500 customers are without power.

In the Västerbotten region about 5,000 are without power, and in Västra Götaland the number is about 1,000.

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STORMS

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Thanks to the weather front ‘Peggy’, which is moving west over Germany, the Bundesrepublik is seeing storms strike and saying goodbye to summer weather.

Weather: Germany braces for heavy rainfall through weekend

Rain and strong gusts of winds were expected throughout Germany on Thursday, with the western part of the country to see the heaviest downpour, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

The wet weather will intensify in the afternoon, moving north to Berlin and Hamburg.

The mercury was set to stretch between 17C and 25C throughout the country, according to DWD, with northern areas experiencing the coolest temperatures.

‘Long-awaited rainfall’

The storms were welcomed in drought-hit parts of western Germany, which has seen record heat over the past few years. 

“Peggy is a heroine. She is bringing long-awaited rainfall in the dry west,” wrote DWD in its weather report Thursday. 

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Yet they also pose a risk for flooding, particularly in parts of northwestern Germany, where between 30 and 50 liters of water per square meter were predicted to fall throughout the day.

“Even if the rain is certainly more of a blessing than a curse for many, these amounts also carry the risk of flooding streets or filling up cellars,” wrote DWD.

Rain will continue around the country on Friday. In the east and southeast, the sun is expected to shine again by the late afternoon, with the mercury reaching around 21C. 

Storms stretch into weekend

Saturday will likely be the coldest day of the week with highs of only 17C in some places, particularly along the coasts. Yet eastern regions will see the mercury rise between 18C and 22C.

The DWD advised to “keep an umbrella around as a faithful companion” as the wet weather continues.

On Sunday, stormy weather will slowly calm down and the showers will retreat to the southeast parts of the country. The mercury is set to hover around a nationwide average of 22C and 23C.

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