Glacial flood danger alert cancelled

10.09.2021 - 15:36
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 Mynd: RÚV - Guðmundur Bergkvist
The state police and South Iceland police have jointly decided it is now safe to cancel the civil protection danger alert for the glacial meltwater flood in the Skaftá river system. The flood is now subject to an uncertainty alert, which is the lowest of Iceland's three heightened states of emergency preparedness.

The danger alert was declared on 5th September and lasted for five days.

All roads in the area will be re-opened, but the civil protection agency still warns travellers to be careful. Sulphur dioxide pollution may still cause respiratory problems, especially upstream, near where the river flows out from under the glacier.

Skaftá river is now one of three uncertainty alerts in place in Iceland, while there are two ongoing danger alerts, for the volcano on Reykjanes, and for COVID-19.

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