When we found out that there was going to be a flood many people boiled water and bought a lot of groceries so that everything would be ready when the flood came. We stayed pretty much at home during the flood, grandma stayed with us for a few days. She was a little worried that she wouldn't be able to go home, but things went ok. There were soldiers everywhere and it felt a little like a war. Trucks filled with sandbags and furniture were everywhere. We didn't have a graduation because the big rooms were filled with furniture. Down at Øya they had boarded up their windows and almost everyone had moved out so it looked very lonely there. I watched the news a lot during the flood. Houses and a lot of other stuff were ripped to shreds. It wasn't possible to drive on the roads a lot of places because they were flooded. We helped some people move and kept some of their stuff in our garage. It was a friend of my little brother's. You could see sandbag bunkers everywhere. Most of Lillestrøm was encircled by a rampart but some houses were outside the rampart and had to figure on getting water in the basement. The people who lived outside the rampart were very angry because they wouldn't build the rampart a little further out. We have a boat and it was stuck down at Øya, so we had to get it out. We kept it on the playground outside our house. It wasn't much of a boating season for those that had a boat. Fetsund wasn't as hard hit as Gudbrandsdalen and we can be happy for that. When the water receded we could see that it had made a lot of big and small holes in the roads.
Greetings Hege Marie
Translated by Steven Mohn, December 1999
Updated January 1st 2000 by
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