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Damage mounts as fears rise of more flooding

81-year-old Ragnar Hella of Nordre Land walked along the damaged Highway 245 on the west side of the Randsfjord on Monday.PHOTO: TERJE BENDIKSBY/SCANPIX
Damage claims from weekend flooding in southern Oppland County were expected to amount to tens of millions of kroner. Evacuation orders remained in place Tuesday morning, and more rain was on the way. Geologists were testing whether saturated grounds were stable enough to ensure residents' safety, while some access roads were washed out. The damage done by flooding from pouring rain and a broken dam included homes that were damaged and several holiday cabins destroyed by landslides and the torrents of water that swept through the area. Officials blame the UNUSUALLY heavy rain that pounded the area all day Saturday and most of Sunday, especially the area around Odnes at the northern end of the Randsfjord. A local mayor said on national television Monday evening that he HADN'T SEEN SUCH RAIN SINCE 1959.
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