Southwest Sweden

Class 3 warning around the Ätran River

Parts of the south west of Sweden are facing the potential for severe flooding after the unusually mild temperatures and heavy rain that have hit the area. Water is rising on the Ätran River, which threatens several towns, including Falkenberg and Svenljunga.

The Swedish Meteorological Institute (SMHI) has issued a class 3 warning for the middle and southern parts of the Ätran River. When the river crests depends on where and how much rain comes during the next few days. "The ground is saturated so the rain that falls runs very quickly into the waterways," says Henrik Djerv, SMHI meteorologist.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency has sent sandbags and barriers to Falkenberg. "The waters of the Ätran are lapping the shore, but there's no danger right now," Patrik Annervi, head of Security in Falkenberg, tells news agency TT. "We have a ways to go until we reach the levels we did in 2006."

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