More than 2,000 residents are isolated in Meråker

Friday morning started with very slippery roads in some parts of Trøndelag and Nordland counties. A Belgian trailer driver experienced this on the E6 in Grong.

Plowing on the E6 north in Trøndelag after storm Gyda Photo: Roy-Arne Salater/ TV 2

– I didn’t have much speed at all. The trailer just slid off the road. The driving conditions are very slippery and difficult, the driver tells TV 2.

The Belgian trailer driver says the trailer is now 50 meters up in a grassy area right next to the Namsen River. The driver is uninjured but is awaiting recovery. Shortly after the incident, another colleague of the trailer was driving alongside – and a few minutes later the trailer began to slide off the road.

Meraker isolated

The border town of Meråker is closed from the outside world. You can only get there through Sweden, and as you know, it’s difficult right now during the pandemic.

The Stjørdal river was at a record high yesterday and the water found its way.  Photo: Heidi Venæs / TV 2

The Stjørdal river was at a record high yesterday and the water found its way. Photo: Heidi Venæs / TV 2

Europavei 14 is closed due to flooding and landslides, and cross-party mayor Kjersti Kjenes tells Adresseavisen that they have no idea if the road will open on Friday or have to wait until Saturday.

2407 inhabitants can therefore neither be found nor in the mountain municipality.

“We have patients who should have been receiving treatment and examinations,” the mayor tells TV 2.

In the early morning of Friday, it became clear that the emergency vehicles will pass.

Very smooth

– There has been a lot of wind at times, but the most challenging thing is that it is snowing and raining at the same time, making it very slippery. You have to drive carefully, traffic manager Marit Breirem tells Vegtrafikksentralen.

The Belgian driver felt the forces of nature, but was not injured.  Photo: Roy-Arne Salater/ TV 2

The Belgian driver felt the forces of nature, but was not injured. Photo: Roy-Arne Salater/ TV 2

Although the extreme weather “Gyda” is over, many parts of the country – but especially in Trøndelag and Nordland – are still experiencing bad weather and poor driving conditions.

– I think people have realized that the weather is bad. People are cautious and take precautions. But there are very slippery roads and poor driving conditions, says Breirem.

A TV 2 reporter in Trøndelag reports on snowfall and sometimes poor visibility on the E6 north of Trøndelag. Traffic manager Breirem adds that if you go out for a drive, it is important to have extra equipment with you in case you have to stop.

– Roads are closed and driving conditions are poor, so it is important that you are prepared to stop if necessary. Take precautions, he says.

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