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Forest owners counting cost of Storm Gorm

Published onsdag 2 december 2015 kl 11.44
"It is difficult to put a price on the damage"
(2:18 min)
Repair work after Storm Gorm. Two men working to restore power lines were injured on Tuesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Repair work after Storm Gorm. Two men working to restore power lines were injured on Tuesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The Swedish forest industry estimates that up to 2.5 million cubic metres of forest was destroyed by Sunday's Storm Gorm, which also left 80,000 without power.

The worst affected areas of commercial forest are in Blekinge, Skåne, Kronoberg, Blekinge and south Halland. 

Göran Örlander at Södra Skog, which has a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners in southern Sweden, tells news agency TT that it is difficult to put a price on the damage.

"It's difficult to asses the cost of the damage. If the trees were still standing and were in normal shape then they would bring in around a billion kronor. The storm felled wood is more expensive to care of," he says.

The storm tore down trees but heavy rain in preceeding weeks had produced wet soil. 

Some homes are still without electricty after Storm Gorm hit southern Sweden on Sunday, with extreme gusts of winds that felled trees, damaged power lines and property.

Power company Eon said that 1,500 of its customers were still without electricty on Tuesday. 

It also said that two workmen are in hospital in Karlskrona after the skylift basket they were working in fell to the ground while they were fixing power lines outside Jämjö in Blekinge. The fitters are employed by One Nordic, one of the companies sub-contracted by Eon to work on restoring power lines after Storm Gorm. The accident has been reported to the Swedish Work Environment Authority.  

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