Siglufjörður rain damage runs into millions

The clean-up operations took all weekend.

The clean-up operations took all weekend. Photo: Þórir Kristinn Þórisson

The damage caused by heavy rain in the town of Siglufjörður in North Iceland last week is estimated at tens of millions of Icelandic króna.

The deluge began on Thursday and lasted through to Saturday morning. According to measurements by the Icelandic Met Office, 17.8 cm (7 inches) of rain fell in Siglufjörður in that time.

Some twenty houses on three streets have suffered damage, with at least two declared uninhabitable. Flood water tore up two streets and various mudslides occurred.

In the course of Friday, the heavy rain caused the Hvanneyrará river to burst its banks, flooding several houses and channeling mud into streets and the water supply.

Some estimates put the cost of the damage as high as ISK 100 million (approx. €690,000).

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Up to 18cm of rain fell in just 48 hours. Photo: Þórir Kristinn Þórisson

Localised flooding caused damage to houses.

Localised flooding caused damage to houses. Photo: Þórir Kristinn Þórisson

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