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Class 3 warning issued

Extreme flood warnings issued in the North

Updated lördag 19 maj 2012 kl 16.31
Published lördag 19 maj 2012 kl 15.02
Rolf Kummu rows to his house that's under water near Armasjärvi . Photo: Thord Nilsson/Scanpix.

Authorities have issued the highest warning for extremely high water levels on the Sangis River in the north of Sweden.

Water on the Sangis, Torne, and Råne rivers has been rising for days and is expected to peak Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The Swedish Meteorological Institute has issued a class 3 warning, which means there is a flooding risk and possible danger to the public. "This is a very serious situation and there's a ton of water that's flowing on these rivers right now," says Karen Foster at the Institute.

Several stretches of highway have been closed off. The rising water is due to melting snow and rain.

No injuries have been reported.

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