Residents of the town of Gevle are urged to stay at home after double monthly rainfall fell in just a few hours.
Just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, fire and rescue services in the Gevle area sent out an official warning urging people to stay home due to heavy rain and flooding.
The warning was lifted late in the morning, but people were still asked to be careful after reports of landslides and road collapses emerged.
"Therefore, the police are urging residents of the Gevleborg region not to go out on the roads unless it is necessary. The police are also urging travelers not to come to Gevleborg," the regional police department said in a statement on Wednesday.
Several buildings and roads were flooded after 140 millimeters of rain fell between 8 pm Tuesday and 4 am Wednesday in the city on the east coast, weather agency SMHI told TT news feed. Usually, about 70 millimeters of precipitation falls throughout August.
By 10 am, according to SMHI, 161.6 millimeters of rain fell, breaking the previous record for rain in Gevla.
Schools were supposed to open in Gevla on Wednesday, but due to weather conditions they were closed and the students were sent home. Preschools remained open with a limited number of staff.
There were no trains on Wednesday morning between Borlenge and Falun in the Dalarna region.
On Wednesday, the Gevleborg and Dalarna regions had a second class meteorological warning for heavy rain, which is expected to remain in effect until the afternoon.
Class one (least severe on a scale of one to three) warnings were in effect in Westernorrland, East Västerbotten, Uppsala, Westmanland and Jamtland.