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Video: Skaftá Largest Flood on Record

By Iceland Review

The flow of Skaftá river by Eldvatn is now more than 2,000 cubic meters per second and is expected to peak early this afternoon, according to RÚV. Svava Björk Þorláksdóttir at the Icelandic Met Office says the flood is the largest on record.

The flow into Eldvatn lake by Ásar was expected to peak by noon. A large amount of water flows over the lava field and poses a threat to roads.

“The maximum flow at Sveinstindur is probably double what we’ve seen in previous floos,” Svava stated.

She reports that water continues to flow over the lava field and will do so for the next few days. Ring Road 1 is likely to be submerged in the lava field.

The flow in Skaftá river by Sveinstindur surpassed 3,000 cubic meters per second this morning.

That‘s 30 times the regular flow of the river, which normally measure 100 cubic meters per second. By comparison, at the current rate, it would take less than a second to fill up the Laugardalur Swimming Pool, which takes 2,600 cubic meters.

Mud carried by the floodwater is expected to cause extensive damage. The bridge over Eldvatn has been closed. Highland Road Fjallabaksleið nyrðri has also been closed by the farm Hvammur, leaving two farms blocked off. Damage of fields is expected to be considerable.

Below is a video, shot by Böðvar Pétursson this afternoon:

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