weather warning

Weather Alert Phase: Skaftá flood

The national commissioner of the Icelandic police, in association with the district commissioner in South Iceland, declare an Alert Phase due to information from the Icelandic Meteorological Office concerning unusually fast rising flash flood waters in the Skaftá area that will occur over the next few days with increased uncertainty about the size of the area affected by floodwater.

Travelers are advised to stay at a good distance away from the rivers Skaftá and Hverfisfljót.

Alert Phase means that if a hazard assessment indicates an increased threat, immediate measures must be taken to ensure the safety and security of those who are exposed / in the area. This is done by increasing preparedness for the emergency and security services in the area, and by taking preventive measures, such as restrictions, closures, evacuations and relocation of inhabitants. This level is also characterized by public information, advice and warning messages.