(Dagbladet): the Governor has decided to evacuate the New town on the Svalbard archipelago.
Currently, it is not appropriate to evacuate the houses under the sugar loaf mountain, where two people lost their lives and eleven houses were crushed in the avalanche 19. December of last year.
the New town is student housing for between 120 and 130 students. But because of the christmas holidays and because it is between the two semesters, it is just a student there now a day, informs the technical seksjonssjef Kjersti Olsen Ingerø in Longyerbyen to the Newspaper.
The ert also four hostels in the heart of the New town. Spitsbergen Travel will be taken care of the few guests that were there at christmas in.
Both decisions are taken on the basis of skredfaglige reviews from the NVE. We follow værutviklingen carefully and has regular contact with the AUTHORITY, informs the sysselmann Kjerstin Askholt in a press release.
the NVE and the local authorities shall meet at 14 on Wednesday afternoon to assess the situation in the residential area under the sugar loaf mountain.
the NVE warned yesterday against great snøskredfare in Nordenskiöldland, south, east and west of Svalbard on Wednesday and Thursday.
the Norwegian Meteorological institute report that increase to the south-east full storm, 25 m/s at exposed locations on Spitsbergen from Wednesday afternoon.
- NVE announces significant snøskredfare – faregrad 4 Large, and we strongly encourages people not to travel in the terrain, either on foot, on skis or by snowmobile, informs the sysselmann Kjerstin Askholt.
According to NVEs reviews Wednesday morning it will be able to get less snow avalanches in Longyearbyen, but not so that they would threaten the settlement. The new town will be most exposed, and will therefore be evacuated.
the Road to the New city are closed from the school. The road to the House on the west side of Foreigners is still open.
the Governor asking people to take their precautions and to follow on the website of the Governor of svalbard and Longyearbyen community council, where the information is posted on an ongoing basis.