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Swelling of South and West Iceland Rivers Subsides

The flow of water in most rivers in South and West Iceland is now subsiding. The Icelandic Meteorological Office had issued a warning as warm temperatures and excessive rain caused flooding.

flood_feb_2013_rescue_landmannalaugar_ruvA screenshot from a video of the rescue operation near Landmannalaugar. Source: RÚV.

The swelling in Hvítá, upcountry South Iceland, has subsided but the flow in its lower part, where it changes names and is known as Ölfusá, is still high, visir.is reports.

Shortly before daybreak, the flow in Ölfusá where it runs through Selfoss measured almost 1,300 cubic meters per second, more than four times its average flow at this time of year.

However, judging by the development in Hvítá, the swelling in Ölfusá should also subside later today.

Travelers and a guide got stuck in a highland river when trying to cross it on a modified truck on Monday afternoon and were saved from the roof of the car by a Coast Guard helicopter in the nick of time.

Click here to read more about that story and here to watch a video of the rescue operation.


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