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Helicopter Rescues 120 Trapped By Flooding

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Helicopter Rescues 120 Trapped By Flooding

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

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One hundred and twenty people were transported out of Southeast Iceland via helicopter yesterday by Search and Rescue teams following extensive flooding, RÚV reports. Most of the individuals transported by helicopter were foreign tourists who had been staying in the towns of Mýrar and Suðursveit, Southeast Iceland.

Rivers in the area are still experiencing high water levels, with more rain expected today. Representatives of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, and police are meeting this morning to plan further response to the flooding.

The bridge over Steinavötn river has been damaged by the rising water levels and the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration is preparing a temporary bridge in its place.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Transport Jón Gunnarsson, and Hreinn Haraldsson, director of the Department of Highways, are expected to visit the area today in order to observe the damage, if conditions allow for travel.

As of publication, Road 1 is closed between Jökulsárlón and Höfn due to road damage. The closure is expect to last at least one more week. Those travelling through Iceland can keep up to date on road closures and conditions here.

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