Uncertainty alert declared in the East Fjords

24.11.2022 - 10:39
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The National Police Commissioner's Office has declared, in consultation with the Met Office, an uncertainty alert for public safety in the East Fjords area due to the risk of landslides.

The announcement by the National Police Commissioner's Office stated that the area received a lot of rainfall in November. Groundwater levels are measured in Seyðisfjörður and Eskifjörður and are also very high, so "it can be assumed that they are elevated throughout the region."

The chief commissioner says that heavy rain is forecast for the coming days, especially Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will rise, and the snow that fell yesterday will melt. These conditions are causing an increased risk of landslides, which may then increase over the next few days, along with the rainfall.

Particular attention has been paid to the risk of landslides in Seyðisfjörður. Meteorologists and the Civil Protection Department are using monitoring equipment installed there. "In November, movements have been detected on the slopes of Neðri-Botn and Þófa. The greatest movement has been recorded on the Búðarrhyggur ridge, where a similar situation occurred last fall."

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