Múlakvísl glacial flood   

News Release July 16th 2011

The new bridge across Mulakvísl river was opened Saturday July 16th at 12:00 only one week after the glacier outburst flood washed the old bridge away. 
The new bridge (pictures from the Icelandic Road Administration when the bridge was opened for traffic).

Status Report July 15th 2011

Summary

Road construction – Construction of a temporary bridge across Múlakvísl is almost ready

The transport and river crossing of cars and passengers across Múlakvísl

Traffic of full size four wheel drive vehicles is diverted to route 208, Fjallabaksleið nyrðri

General information Passengers and smaller passenger cars will be transported daily across the Múlakvísl-river by trucks from 07:00 – 23:00 until the temporary bridge is ready.

Road transport The Icelandic Roads Administration is constructing a temporary bridge 156 meters long across Mulakvisl-river. The bridge will probably open this coming weekend, Saturday or Sunday, according to their spokesman.

The crossing of Múlakvísl-river Until the bridge is ready, four specially outfitted flatbed trucks will transport smaller cars across the river and a specially equipped bus ferries passengers across the river. The police and two ICE-SAR teams ensure the security of passengers at the river crossing. 450 cars and 1350 passenger were transported across the river yesterday. The transport of cars and passenger across Múlakvísl will be closed from 17:00 – 21:00, Friday July 15th due to construction work at the bridge. The transport across the river will then continue from 21:00 tonight.

This transport will be available from at least 07:00 hours in the morning until 23:00 hours in the evening, conditions permitting, until the new bridge is ready

Traffic on route 208, Fjallabaksleið nyrðri Heavy traffic of jeeps and full sized four wheel drive vehicles has been on route 208. The route is a mountain road and only suitable for full size four wheel drive vehicles. The speed limit there is 60 km/hour and 5 km /hour passing rivers and creeks.

The Icelandic Road Administration and the Civil Protection Authority have a daily meeting to coordinate their work, especially to ensure safety and information about the construction site and the river crossing.

Information about road conditions is available on the web portal of the Icelandic Roads Administration, www.vegagerdin.is and through the information hotline 1777.

Requests for assistance If you need assistance from the police, ambulance or rescue teams call the Emergency Response Centre at 1-1-2

Further information

Icelandic Road Administration www.vegagerdin.is

Promote Iceland www.iceland.is

The Civil Protection and Emergency Management: www.almannavarnir.is and www.sst.is

News Release July 15 2011

The transport of passengers and cars across Múlakvísl will be closed from 17:00 - 21:00 today friday due to construction work on the temporary bridge. The crossing will continue around 21:00 or as soon as the Road Administration have secured the river crossing. 
The mountain road, route 208, is open but only for larger 4x4 vehicles.

Status Report July 13th 2011


Summary
Transport of travellers and smaller cars across Múlakvísl continues
• The building of a temporary bridge across Múlakvísl is well under way
• Traffic of full size four wheel drive vehicles is diverted to route 208, Fjallabaksleið nyrðri
• Meetings with travel service providers

General information
The glacial outburst flood at Múlakvísl ended yesterday. Route 1 is still breached at Múlakvísl but repairs are under way. Passengers and smaller passenger cars are transported across the river by trucks. Civil Protection, the Icelandic Roads Administration and the Icelandic Tourist Board met with travel service providers at Vík and at Kirkjubæjarklaustur Monday to survey the situation.

Road transport
The Icelandic Roads Administration has prepared a more secure crossing for trucks over Múlakvísl after a mishap there yesterday. Four specially outfitted flatbed trucks transport smaller cars across the river and a specially equipped bus ferries passengers across the river. The police and two ICE-SAR teams ensure the security of passengers at the river crossing. This transport will be available from at least 07:00 hours in the morning until 23:00 hours in the evening, conditions permitting.
Information about road conditions is available on the web portal of the Icelandic Roads Administration, www.vegagerdin.is and through the information hotline 1777.

Meetings with travel service providers
Civil Protection and travel service providers have met several times from the start of tha flood in Múlakvísl to coordinate efforts to facilitate the needs of travellers in the area.
The Red Cross.
The Red Cross opened two mass care centers in Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur after the mishap at Múlakvísl.

Law enforcement and rescue teams
The police at Hvolsvöllur have taken over on site command at Múlakvísl. An evacuation plan has been devised for the staging areas for the transport across the river and the adjoining work area.
Law enforcement and the presence of ICE-SAR rescue teams along route 208 has been increased. The speed limit there is 60 km/hour and 5 km /hour passing rivers and creeks. There is also an axle weight limit of 7 tons.
Two ICE-SAR rescue vehicles are on either side of Múlakvísl to ensure security at the crossing where passengers and cars are transported across the river.

Coast Guard
A Coast Guard helicopter provided assistance in the aftermath of the mishap at Múlakvísl yesterday.

Requests for assistance
If you need assistance from the police, ambulance or rescue teams call the Emergency Response Centre at 1-1-2

Further information
Civil Protection
www.almannavarnir.is
Icelandic Road Administration
www.vegagerdin.is
Promote Iceland www.iceland.is


Further information
Further bulletins will be issued when the need arises.
Civil Protection and Emergency Management: www.almannavarnir.is and www.sst.is

Status report July 11th at 19:00

Summary
• People and smaller cars are transported by truck across Múlakvísl during the hours 08:00 to 22:00
• Preparations for building a temporary bridge at Múlakvísl have begun
• Traffic of full size four wheel drive vehicles is diverted to route 208, Fjallabaksleið nyrðri

General information
The glacial outburst flood at Múlakvísl ended yesterday. Route 1 is still breached at Múlakvísl but repairs are under way. Passengers and smaller passenger cars are transported across the river by trucks. Civil Protection, the Icelandic Roads Administration and the Icelandic Tourist Board are meeting with travel service providers at Vík this afternoon and at Kirkjubæjarklaustur this evening to survey the situation.

Mýrdalsjökull
Scientists flew over Mýrdalsjökull today to survey the state of the glacier. There were no significant changes in the glacier´s surface from Saturday and there is no indication of further floods or other activity. Part of the glacier is closed for traffic due to security reasons.

Road transport
The Icelandic Roads Administration has prepared a crossing for trucks over Múlakvísl. Three specially outfitted flatbed trucks transport smaller cars across the river and a specially equipped bus ferries passengers across the river. The police and two ICE-SAR teams ensure the security of passengers at the river crossing. This transport will be available from at least 08:00 hours in the morning until 22:00 hours in the evening, conditions permitting.
The Icelandic Roads Administration is also working on improving road signs in light of the situation, special efforts will be made to tailor signs to inform foreign travellers. The Icelandic Roads Administration also aims to improve the English version of www.vegagerdin.is especially with reference to road conditions in South Iceland. The web portal www.iceland.is will also carry information on the situation for travellers. Car rentals offer several options to their customers travelling in the area to ensure their safety and to limit as much as possible disruptions of travellers plans.

Law enforcement and rescue teams
Law enforcement and the presence of ICE-SAR rescue teams along route 208 has been increased. The speed limit there is 60 km/hour and 5 km /hour passing rivers and creeks. There is also an axle weight limit of 7 tons.
Two ICE-SAR rescue vehicles are on either side of Múlakvísl to ensure security at the crossing where passengers and cars are transported across the river.

Requests for assistance
If you need assistance from the police, ambulance or rescue teams call the Emergency Response Centre at 1-1-2

Further information
Civil Protection www.almannavarnir.is
Icelandic Road Administration www.vegagerdin.is
Promote Iceland www.iceland.is

 

News Release July 10 at 18:00
This afternoon Civil Protection held a briefing on the situation regarding the glacial outburst flood in Múlakvísl yesterday. Scientists have declared that the event is at an end. Civil Protection will   however continue to maintain a state of alert. The restricted area on the clacier Mýrdalsjökull has been redefined, acess is now allowed to the southwestern part of the glacier.The extent of the restricted area will be redefines as soon as the surface of the glacier has been surveyed by scientists.
The road across Múlakvísl is still closed. The Road administration is making efforts to restore the connection across Múlakvísl by any means possible.
The daily bus service to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Skaftafell and Höfn now runs through Fjallabak nyrðra (road F208) until the connection across Múlakvísl has been restored.
Route F208 is open but travellers should be aware that the road is only passable in full size four wheel drive vehicles such as Land Rovers or larger vehicles. Law enforcement has been increased on that route and the Icelandic Search and Rescue Teams have increased their presence in the area in order to assist travellers.

News Release July 9 at 15:00

The alert level for Mulakvísl glacial flood has been lowered to uncertainty phase due to lowered activity in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Inhabitants in the area have been allowed back to their homes. The Met Office will monitor the situation on the glacier.

News Release July 9  at 10:00

A glacier flood began in Múlakvísl- river in South Iceland last night. Ring road 1 is closed from Skálm on the East side and Höfðabrekka on the West side. The National Crisis Coordination Center in Skógarhlíð has been activated and the security level raised to alert phase.

It has not yet been established whether a small eruption occurred under Mýrdalsjökull-glacier last night or whether the flood is caused by draining of geothermal meltwater. Seismic activity and earthquakes have reduced significantly since last night. Scientists who flew over the area this morning detected no signs of eruption on the surface. Ice cauldrons have formed in three places on the surface of the south-east side of the glacier. Mýrdalsjökull has been declared a danger area due to crevasses and fissures in the surface. All traffic is prohibited on the glacier.

The bridge over Múlakvísl is broken. Roads north of the glacier are accessible only to 4X4 vehicles. People close to the rivers at Myrdalssandur are asked to beware of geothermal gases.

A small area near the river has been evacuated, mainly farmers and tourists in the area. The Icelandic Red Cross has opened up an emergency centers in the primary schools in Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Response units are assisting inhabitants and tourists in the area.


 

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Brúin yfir Múlakvísl   

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