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Flood in Reykjavík suburb

Water flooded a recently constructed apartment complex in Mosfellsbaer near Reykjavík after a heavy rainstorm on Saturday night.

Storage rooms were badly damaged as water flooded the ventilation system and into the basement of the complex. The inhabitants blame the flooding on a broken pump in the sewage system under a nearby roundabout, Fréttabladid reports.

Resident Steindór Steindórsson said he had come home from work at midnight and discovered water that was over one meter high in his building’s basement. The water had reached the electricity board so the power to the hallway and basement had been cut.

Janitor Leví Traustason said practically everything people had put away in the storage rooms in the basement was destroyed.

Resident Gudmundur Th. Svavarsson said the opening for the ventilation system is “ridiculously designed” like a gutter, instead of being above ground.

As the water came from outside, the damage will not be covered by the apartment complex’s insurance company. The inhabitants say the engineers who designed the complex are responsible as well as the city for the broken pump in the sewage system.

Jóhanna B. Hansen, an engineer in Mosfellsbaer told Fréttabladid that it is unthinkable that the flooding had been caused by a broken pump in the sewage system as she said there is no pump in that area.

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