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The Skaftá Flood has Peaked

It seems that the flood in Skaftá has peaked at 4 o’clock this morning. At that time the flow was 285 cubic meters per second. It is a small flood but the biggest floods in recent years the flow has reached 1,500 cubic meters per second.

skaftarketill_olafur_freyr_skulasonFrom Skaftárkatlar calderas. Photo Ólafur freyr Skúlason, courtesty of ICP

Farmer Sigurdur Pétursson on farm Búland told mbl.is that he thinks the flood is receding. “This seems to be a small flood”, Pétursson said.

The flood caused no special damage except leaving mud and clay that will start blowing in the wind when they dry up. The reason for this small flood is probably that the river flooded last year. Usually Skaftá floods every two years.

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