More rain, more flooding, more disruption

Continued heavy rain overnight from September 18 to 19 has seen water levels rising across Latvia, more damage to crops and continued traffic problems.

Areas affected by flooding will likely spread Tuesday, while impassable roads and landslides are also to be expected, the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center (LVGMC) warns.

The fastest rise in water levels has been in the River Vaidava at Ape in northern Latvia, where the water level has risen by 1.2 meters since Monday and continues to rise sharply. Many other rivers are also recording a rise of one meter over the usual level.

Meanwhile at Kalnciems to the south of Riga, it took just a day and half for the normal monthly rainfall amount to be exceeded.

State roads directorate spokeswoman Anna Kononova, told LTV's Morning Panorama news show September 19 that overnight the situation on the roads has not changed significantly - two local roads in Vilaki and Livani districts are still closed . On Monday some sections of road section in Ogre district near Meņģeli, were flooded too.

Forecasters are holding out an olive branch of hope as jokes about preparing an ark flood social media with promises that the weekend weather will be warm and sunny.

 

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