The water level in the Skaftá River is rising rapidly at Sveinstindur and is expected to start rising at Eldvatn in approximately ten hours. There is a possibility of flooding the main road near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Hulda Rós Helgadóttir, a nature conservation expert, confirms that the glacier water has reached a meter in Sveinstindur.
“The water level will keep rising and it is possible that tomorrow we will see the climax of the flow in Sveinstindur. After about two days, the climax will reach the road and it is possible that it will flood the main road near Kirkjubæjarklaustur “ Says Hulda Rós.
It was decided to close the routes leading to this area from today, September 6, from 19:00:
- Landmannalaugar in Fjallabak-nyrðra, road F-208
- Skaftártungnavegur (road 208) from Búland
- Access to Álftavatnskrókinn on the F-210 to F-233
- West of the ford on the Hólmsá River, intersection of the F-210 and F-232
SMS messages were sent to everyone in the area and tourists were asked to leave the area. People west of Hólaskjól are asked to evacuate towards Landmannalaugar.
RÚV TV set up a webcam at the old bridge over Eldvötn near Ása. Its purpose is to track the flow in the Skaftá River. The camera image can be seen HERE.