The Coming Flood

2651121_200.jpgStrangely enough, the flood I'm referring to is not metaphoric, but a real-to-life actual water-overflowing-its-banks flood. Due to our rather cool spring so far (see previous entry) and sudden rise in temperature this week, all the snows of Lapland are scurrying down to the waters of the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers (Finns will forgive my redundancy, as 'joki' means river). According to these handy graphs from the Environment Ministry, I know that waters are expected to rise over the coming week, peaking around May 31. Believe me, knowing Finnish doesn't make these graphs any more comprehensible.

The last time this happened was 1993, which flooded the Arktikum, where I sort-of currently work. I say sort of, because we've been evacuated for three months. Not because of the flood, but because of the mould problem. Ah, nature.

Posted on May 25, 2005 and filed under Finland.