Egon leaves floods in its wake – The Post

Egon leaves floods in its wake

Over 140 people evacuated in Lemvig in west Jutland

January 11th, 2015 2:32 pm| by admin
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Some parts of Denmark are coping with floods in the aftermath of Egon’s sweep through the country this weekend.

Waters in Lemvig, a town in west Jutland on the Limfjord, reached record-breaking levels on Sunday morning as they rose 1.95 metres forcing 50 homes to be evacuated, reports Politiken.

Once in a century
DMI meteorologist Jesper Eriksen calls the rise a “100-year event” and though water levels are now falling, residents in towns around the fjord will continue to feel the effects of the flood as waters slowly dissipate.

The Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) have installed mobile dams in Lemvig to control the water, reports Jyllands-Posten. They have also installed dams further south in the town of Struer.

Eriksen says water levels in Skive have reached 1.75 metres and waters are also high in Nykøbing.

As winds have subsided people have taken outside to witness the storm's damage, however police warn that people should stay away from port areas as DEMA works to control the waters and that the areas could be dangerous.

READ MORE: Egon storms through Denmark

Traffic almost back to normal
All the bridges that were closed on Saturday have reopened, though authorities have advised that those in “wind-sensitive” vehicles should avoid crossing the Øresund bridge, reports DR.

Storebæltsbroen, which was closed for 14 hours until four in the morning on Sunday, is also open, but high winds can still shake vehicles.

Several ferries also ceased operations on Saturday, but most have resumed service by Sunday afternoon.

Most trains are also back on track with the exception of services north of Copenhagen which have been stopped due to a fallen tree that damaged the S-train route between Hellerup and Svanmølle Station.

As Egon leaves Denmark it is set to hit the Baltics next.