Flooding, Damage, and Traffic Accidents in Yesterday’s Extreme Weather Skip to content

Flooding, Damage, and Traffic Accidents in Yesterday’s Extreme Weather

By Yelena

Photo: Golli.

Extreme weather that hit the Reykjavík capital area yesterday caused water damage and accidents across the region. Reykjavík area firefighting crews were called out 12 times to pump floodwater out of buildings caused by heavy rainfall. A water pumping station in the municipality of Kópavogur broke down, likely due to the weather.

As of the time of writing, crews are still working on repairing the water pump in Kópavogur. Residents may experience low water pressure or even a complete lack of water due to the pump failure. Crews are also reviewing what went wrong last night in order to prevent such failures from occurring in the future.

Search and rescue teams were called out to Þrengslavegur (Route 39) in Southwest Iceland shortly before noon yesterday due to a bus that had veered off the road. Crews assisted the 40 passengers that had been on the bus, as well as other drivers in the area who had been impacted by the weather. Vehicles also experienced trouble on nearby Hellisheiði, a section of Route 1 that is often treacherous in bad weather due to its high elevation.

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