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Three horses drown in flood

Over one hundred horses were trapped as heavy rain caused swelling in three rivers in southwest Iceland yesterday. Most were rescued but at least three drowned in the flood.

Two local rescue teams were called to the scene to save the horses. In other parts of the country over one hundred of their colleagues were busy rescuing people and animals, who were in danger because of wet and windy weather conditions. This is reported in all the main media.

In Akureyri, in the northeast, water flooded buildings and the local airport, so all domestic flights had to be canceled. Nearby, mud slides fell on a farm and blocked roads. The inhabitants were unharmed, but 20 calves died.

A car landed in Djúpadalsá River in Eyjafjardarsveit near Akureyri when a road by the bridge over the river was cut. The motorist managed to escape to safety and roads near Borgarnes in west Iceland were damaged when Hvítá River flooded roads near Brúarhlöd.

In Selfoss, in the southwest, it was feared that Ölfusá River would overflow and flood the town, so fire fighters from Reykjavík were on standby yesterday. This morning high waters in Ölfusá caused flooding in Selfosskirkja church and the watercourse is getting stronger, as rú reports.

Haraldur Eiríksson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office told Morgunbladid that temperatures are forecast to drop slightly, so snow will stop melting and rivers stop swelling. Specialists have concluded that the worst danger has passed.

Eiríksson said today is predicted to be stormy and temperatures to be just above freezing point. Friday is forecast to be warmer and rainy and the weekend windy.

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