Danger alert and evacuations for Seyðisfjörður

16.02.2021 - 15:45
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 Mynd: Almannavarnadeild Ríkislögregl - RÚV
A civil protection danger alert has been declared for Seyðisfjörður over the risk of landslides. More heavy rain is expected this evening and authorities are wary of the stability of the mountainside following December's devastating mudslides. Parts of the town are being evacuated.

A statement from both the East Iceland police and the State police civil protection department says that the East Fjords could receive 60 millimetres of rainfall this evening, in addition to the 70 mm and extensive melting since Saturday.

Rain has been forecast from this afternoon, but getting heavier between 18.00 and midnight. The situation is made worse by the fact that temperatures are above freezing, even at moutain level, and a lot of snow and ice has melted since the weekend.

The civil protection centre at Herðubreið will remain open, and emergency shelter will be available at the same location if needed. Enquiries can be sent to [email protected], and the telephone number 839 9931 can be used out of office hours.

The following buildings are being evacuated:

All houses on Botnahlíð
Múlavegur 37
Baugsvegur 5
Austurvegur 36, 38b, 40b, 42, 44, 44b, 46b, 48, 50, 52, 54, and 56

The evacuation order is precautionary and is made because the stability of the hillside is unclear following December's series of mudslides. The evacuation order is being imposed amid less rainfall than before.

The situation will be re-examined tomorrow, when colder weather is forecast. Sub-zero conditions will likely return to the mountains on Thursday.

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager