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Avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en: evacua­ti­on part­ly lifted

Some of the peop­le who were evacua­ted from their homes in Lon­gye­ar­by­en during the wee­kend could now return, even though nor­mal life will pro­bab­ly a long way away for most, if not all, con­si­de­ring the cir­cum­s­tan­ces.

The evacua­ti­on has been lifted in the fol­lowing addres­ses and inha­bi­tants can return to their homes:

Vei 230 nr. 29, 31, 33, 35, 37 and 39. The old hos­pi­tal. Nyby­en and the road to Nyby­en. The way from Hil­mar Reks­tens Vei up to the lower­most Spiss­hu­se­ne in Vei 230 can be used.

For all fur­ther are­as, eva­lua­ti­on is going on. But inha­bi­tants have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to return to their homes brief­ly today bet­ween 12 and 14 hours to get their most important per­so­nal belon­gings (che­ckin and check­out requi­red).

The actu­al avalan­che area and houses dama­ged by the avalan­che remain clo­sed and can­not be ent­e­red.

Many have seen the “Spiss­hu­se­ne” like this in the sum­mer and enjoy­ed the view. It will never be the same again. The moun­tain on the left side is Suk­ker­top­pen, the avalan­che star­ted on the slo­pe behind the old coal cable­way (tauba­ne).

Longyearbyen avalanche

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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