Floods in Norway have left a mass of mangled infrastructure in their wake after several days of heavy rains.
(Bloomberg) — Floods in Norway have left a mass of mangled infrastructure in their wake after several days of heavy rains.
Scandinavia has been battered by storm Hans, whose deluge submerged a hydroelectric power plant and led to a partial collapse of the dam at Braskereidfoss in eastern Norway.
The breach in part of the dam on Wednesday afternoon has since allowed water to flow downstream and the reservoir is now draining in a controlled manner, according to Hafslund Eco, which operates the power plant.
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Norway has borne the brunt of the storm, with thousands evacuated from the worst hit areas as heavy rain triggered landslides and closed off more than 100 roads. The southeastern part of the country has been the most affected.
Flood gates at the facility failed to open automatically after a grid failure caused generators to drop offline early Wednesday. That saw floodwaters spill over the top of the dam into the station, causing major damage, the company said in a statement.
Floodwaters in parts of the country are starting to subside as they move toward the sea, while the Drammen river near Oslo is expected to rise to record levels.
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