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Iceland Eruption: Flood Tears Hole in Levee

By Iceland Review

The flood in the Markarfljót river, caused by the current volcanic eruption in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, has now reached the bridge and has torn a hole in the levee east of the river. Water is flowing through the hole and towards the road to Thórsmörk.

The farm Thorvaldseyri. Eyjafjallajökull is in the background. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Road constructers managed to break the Ring Road in an effort to save the bridge and glacial water is now flowing with much force through the hole in the road. The plan is to break the road at two other locations as well, mbl.is reports.

Journalist Rúnar Pálmason is located by the bridge and he says the river is constantly growing in volume. The water has not yet reached the floor of the bridge but it will soon.

The river is flooding the pastures at the farm Thorvaldseyri, one of the largest grain farms in Iceland. “Mud is flooding the pastures. It pains me because the pastures had turned green,” Ólafur Eggertsson, farmer at Thorvaldseyri, told mbl.is.

Eggertsson had to evacuate the area. “It is difficult for a farmer to leave 200 cows behind in the cowshed.” The cows are not believed to be in danger.

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