Norway did not escape the attentions of the weather over Whitsun. Like other countries in?
Norway did not escape the attentions of the weather over Whitsun. Like other countries in northern Europe it had its share of torrential downpours.
The exceptionally long and cold spring delayed the melting of the snow in the mountains. The coming all of a sudden of mild weather, coupled with heavy rains, brought floods in most all of southern Norway's valleys.
Worst hit was Gudbrandsdalen, Norways number one line of communication and its largest valley, where the main Oslo-Trondheim railroad was cut at a dozen places by swollen rivulets and streams which came thundering down the mountainsides sweeping away bridges and all else before them. Miles of railroad were buried under thousands of tons of rock and sand.
Whitsun holidaymakers were caught in it all returning south on Monday night and had to put up overnight at farmsteads along the railway. Traffic got going slowly next day as buses started moving stranded people along the 100 miles of now derelict railway, and debris strewn highways. Bulldozers got busy clearing temporary passages along the roads for essential traffic.
Luckily there was no loss of life, but material damage is substantial. Acres of farmland in the valleys have had their topsoil washed away, houses severely damaged and, in some cases, automobiles carried away off the roads.
It is estimated that the damage to railroads, highways and bridges alone will run in millions of kroner.