The South Iceland Police and the Icelandic Road Administration have decided to close the road to Þórsmörk, the south central highlands, today, due to heavy rainfall, RÚV reports. Chief Superintendent Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson remarked, “The soil is already saturated, and the water level of rivers is high, so this is the only sensible thing to do.”
The police are on the alert, given the large amount of rainfall in the forecast for South and West Iceland through tomorrow morning. There were reports of tourists getting stuck in their vehicle in Innri-Emstruá river, but they were pulled out by other travelers.
Police ask people not to travel in and around Þórsmörk and in the eastern part of Fjallabak today and tomorrow, besause of swelling rivers.
According to the Icelandic Met Office, the greatest amount of rainfall as of 11 am today has been in Bláfjöll, the ski area east of Reykjavík, where it measured 75.7 mm (3 in); in Hellisskarð, Southwest Iceland, which received 69.7 mm (2.7 in); and in Ölkelduháls, Southwest Iceland, which got 59.9 mm (2.4 in).
Follow the forecast at en.vedur.is.