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Swell in South Iceland River

There was a significant swell in the river Hvítá in south Iceland yesterday because of mild temperatures and a thaw in the highland where the snow has melted rapidly in the past few days. The flood is believed to have peaked last night.


Hvítá under normal circumstances. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Steinar Halldórsson, a farmer at Audsholt 4 in the municipality Hrunamannahreppur, told Morgunbladid that locals are accustomed to flooding. However, it had been an unusually long time since Hvítá last flooded, at Christmas in 2007.

Halldórsson said when contacted by the paper yesterday evening that he expected the flood to peak around midnight. “It has crowned considerably since between seven and eight pm. I suppose it is 50 or 60 centimeters at its deepest point on the road right now.”

The water levels have risen in other rivers in the south and northwestern regions as well; near Hvammstangi horses that had become trapped due to a thaw had to be rescued by the local emergency service on Saturday, mbl.is reports.

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