Glacial flood uncertainty alert cancelled

14.09.2021 - 15:21
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 Mynd: Guðmundur Bergkvist - RÚV
The chief of the state police and the chief of police in South Iceland have removed the civil protection agency uncertainty alert surrounding the jökulhlaup glacial flood in the Skaftá river system. It is less than a week since the danger alert was downgraded and roads in the area opened again.

A geothermal meltwater flood started from under the Vatnajölull glacier on the evening of Saturday 4th September; at the time predicted to be similar in size to the 2018 flood. Civil protection authorities issued a danger alert shortly afterwards, which is the second-highest of Iceland's three emergency alert levels. The flood eventually turned out to be significantly smaller than the flood three years ago.

The flow rate in Skaftá river, and the depth of the river, continue to drop slowly but surely. The flow at Sveinstindur is now around 190 cubic metres per second, after peaking at 1,400 cubic metres per second at the height of the flood.

No significant damage to infrastructure has been reported.

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