The massive flood in Markarfljót river in south Iceland, caused by the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier, seems to have peaked at 9 pm. The Fljótshlíd and Landeyjar districts were evacuated because it was feared that the flood would break through the levees.
The Markarfljót river in Thórsmörk. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Ruv.is reports that the flood is now streaming through the gaps in the Ring Road by the Markarfljót bridge which were made yesterday to ease the pressure on the bridge and prevent it from collapsing.
Although the current flood is more forceful than yesterday’s flood, the water level didn’t reach the floor of the bridge tonight either but was flowing approximately half a meter below it. There is a lot of ice and mud in the river and the water has a reddish brown color.
The large icebergs that were spotted at the river’s source by the Gígjökull glacial tongue have not been carried with the flood down to the bridge.
Search and rescue members say that the water level in the river Thórólfsá in Fljótshlíd, which was also affected by the flood, is decreasing. Roads in Fljótsdalur valley have not come apart.
Iceland’s prime minister, finance minister and other ministers are currently at a meeting with the Civil Protection Department.
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