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Downpour led to flooding and at least one evacuation in Gothenburg

Published söndag 29 juli 2012 kl 10.40
Roads under water by Radiomotet in Gothenburg. Photo: Scanpix.

The heavy rains that hit Gothenburg on Saturday afternoon led to flooding on the roads, trams coming to a halt, and the evacuation of a shopping center.

On Sunday, the marketing director of the Nordstan shopping center, Anders Larsson, told Swedish Radio news that the stores will make an inventory to find out how much damage the flooding caused.

Peter Ensträm who works with the rescue services in Storgöteborg said Saturday that it seemed like the inner ceilings over some of the boutiques had caved in, but that the load-bearing parts of the structure did not appear to be affected.

Yvette Palm was in the shopping center when the alarm rang to evacuate.

"There was water all over the floor," she tells Swedish Radio P4 Gothenburg, "and on the P.A. System, they said the building would be evacuated immediately, because a fire had started. We also heard that the roof was collapsing."

The downpour lasted for about an hour and left thirty millimeters of rain behind. Trams had to come to a standstill, and there was major flooding on some of the roads. One photo taken near Radiomotet shows a taxi in water so high it covers  the door handles.

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