A hot water leak has caused problems in parts of central and western Reykjavík today, RÚV reports. More than twenty people are working to contain it, and it’s unclear how long repairs will take. The leak began because workers were fixing a valve in the pumping station in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavík, causing hot water pressure to go down in central and western parts of town. Consequently, hot water pipes in several streets burst, including Freyjugata and Ásvallagata, causing the streets to flood. There are reports of basements flooding in Laugavegur.
According to Reykjavík Energy, houses on Skólavörðustígur, Laugavegur, Bergstaðastræti and Freyjugata are without hot water. People are asked to show caution and make sure that hot water faucets stay closed while repairs are being made. This is essential to reduce the risk of accidents or damage once hot water is back on. A hot water well on the corner of Lokastígur and Njarðargata, by Hallgrímskirkja church, is said to look like a geyser.
Should you notice hot water seeping up in the city’s streets, please call the Reykjavík Energy service center at 516 6200.