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Evacua­ti­on of Nyby­en lifted

Yesterday’s evacua­ti­on of Longyearbyen’s upper area Nyby­en is lifted. Also the road bet­ween the school and Nyby­en is open again.

Sys­sel­man­nen and other aut­ho­ri­ties (NVE) have inves­ti­ga­ted the snow on the slo­pes abo­ve Nyby­en and other parts of Lon­gye­ar­by­en which are poten­ti­al­ly expo­sed to avalan­ches. It is cur­r­ent­ly offi­cial­ly con­si­de­red that the­re is no risk of major avalan­ches that might hit buil­dings.

The­re are no reports about major dama­ge from last night’s storm inclu­ding avalan­ches. A post box was blown away and a dog was cove­r­ed by snow in the dogyard, but it was found and dug out in good con­di­ti­on.

The Sys­sel­man­nen reminds ever­y­bo­dy that the avalan­che risk for Lon­gye­ar­by­ens sur­roun­dings is still con­si­de­red high and to be accord­in­gly care­ful with any out­side acti­vi­ties.

Longyearbyen’s upper area Nyby­en: the recent evacua­ti­on becau­se of avalan­che risk is lifted.

Longyearbyen avalanche risk: Nybyen evacuation

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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