- It is a situation that will affect everyday life for a long time to come, says Crown Princess Mette-Marit about the extreme weather Hans' and the flood's ravages.
She is concerned that one must not forget that what has been destroyed must be rebuilt and that there is a lot to work on for those affected by the floods beyond the autumn.
The Crown Prince couple first visited a family from Lena in Østre Toten who narrowly avoided getting the masses of water into the house. Then they had lunch at Bygdestua with others who also experienced the drama last week.
After lunch, the crown prince couple talked about the impressions that have been strongest.
- It has been a dramatic few days. A lot of values have been under water, and people have been unsure how it would go, says Crown Prince Haakon to NTB and pays tribute to all local efforts:
- They have followed up their residents very well.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit expressed great sympathy for those affected, and was happy on behalf of those who had been able to move back home. She thinks it made a particularly strong impression to meet two women in their 90s, who coped well with the evacuation.
Had to evacuate
On the night of Tuesday last week, around 30 households along the Lenae river received a message from the crisis management in the municipality that they should evacuate because there was a danger that the river would rise sharply.
The first stop on the visit to Østre Toten was at Gunn Helen Skogen Rebne and Vegard Rebne, who, according to Totens Blad, paid Lenaelva a violent visit.
The family showed the crown prince couple pictures of how the water had come dangerously close to the house.
Gunn Helen also told how reassuring it had been to know that the Civil Defense was looking out.
- It is good, they have made a good effort this week, commented Crown Prince Haakon.
Even when the river receded, there were instructions to keep a good distance from the Lena River, because the edge could be loose and dangerous to step on.
Visiting the collapsed bridge
This is the second time in a week that the crown prince couple have come close to people who have experienced the extreme weather Hans' violent ravages.
The visit on Thursday includes flood victims and representatives of the Red Cross, the Civil Defense and the municipality's management