Extreme weather in Norway: Trondheim docks flooded by freak high water

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Extreme weather in Norway: Trondheim docks flooded by freak high water
Exceptionally rare high tide is pictured reaching the harbour of Trondheim where the Norwegian coastal transport company Hurtigruten docks in Trondheim. Photo: AFP

Water levels in Trondheim reached 1.4 metres above sea level on Tuesday as a result of a the ‘Elsa’ extreme weather system.


The Norwegian Mapping Authority reported that, just after 1pm, water levels were expected to be around 1.4 metres above normal levels, VG reports.

The high water level -- corresponding to 395 centimetres above chart datum -- only occurs once every 50 to 100 years, according to local media Adressa.

Measurements taken by the Mapping Authority showed that the water level was a few centimetres lower than that predicted, at 386 centimetres above chart datum.

High water levels in the region are partly due to the full moon, combined a strong low-pressure weather system.

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The extreme weather, which has been given the name Elsa in Norway, also impacted southern county Agder as well as the west coast on Monday.

The highest water level was measured in Måløy, a town in Vestland county, 287 centimetres, 5 centimetres above the 1993 record, according to the MET Norway.

The high water entered the town hall and several shops in the town, NRK reported.

Capital Oslo did not escape the high tide, with the Mapping Authority reporting a high of 185 centimetres on Monday evening before levels began to subside.



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