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Ice breaks up on rivers in south Iceland

An extensive amount of ice has broken up on rivers Hvítá and Stóra-Laxá in south Iceland this week and large chunks of ice have piled up on the river banks.

Stóra-Laxá flooded for the third time this winter due to heavy rain, according Stefán Jónsson, the farmer of Hrepphólar in south Iceland. Morgunbladid reports.

After the flood in late December one-foot-thick ice formed on the river surface, which has now broken up. An ice blockage was created at Bergsnös, which is popular for salmon fishing and a spawning spot for salmon.

Because of the ice blockage Stóra-Laxá floods the nearby hayfield but little water floods through the river channel itself. Salmon fishers are worried about the survival of the roes.

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