Malmö's City Tunnel is a recently-built rail link. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Malmö rail tunnel almost flooded by storm Sven

Malmö city is not happy with how December's storm Sven was handled, when water was just centimetres from flooding a rail tunnel.

The city's safety director says to Swedish Radio that he does not feel the situation is safe. "This will certainly happen again, considering ongoing climate change, and that was maybe not something people thought about 20 years ago, when the City Tunnel was planned." This tunnel is a 17-km-long stretch linking the Öresund bridge to Denmark with Malmö's Central Station.

Safety director Per-Erik Ebbeståhl is not happy with how the Transport Administration reacted to the potential flooding, saying he only got vague information on what a flood would mean. And local manager Jörgen Borggren, at the Traffic Administration, says the situation needs to be investigated, and that it is hard to say what would have happened. "The tunnel would have withstood the water, because there are pumps, but with the amount of pressure coming in from the Öresund Strait, we don't really know what would have happened."

He says to Swedish Radio Malmö that he does not know whether there has been any risk analysis that takes this into account.

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