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Noah’s bark: Dogs evacauted from flooded kennels as massive melt caused by high temperatures clogs drain pipe

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The weather went to the dogs, making the weekend a real bitch for the canines and their owners as the kennels at the edge of Longyearbyen were flooded for several hours Saturday due to heavy snowmelt and a clogged drain pipe.

AVALANCHE UPDATE: Flood risk continues, evacuation of homes extended, people in city-provided emergency housing must leave by Jan. 8

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Work crews are moving tons of slush, and experts are continuing to evaluate the risk of flood and avalanches, in parts of Longyearbyen where homes, roads and a pedestrian bridge have been impacted, The Governor of Svalbard announced Saturday afternoon.

The pedestrian bridge at Perleporten and a nearby snowmobile trail have been closed for several days, and the road in Adventdalen was blocked at Bolterdalen for a few hours New Year’s Eve, due to heavy flooding and slush resulting from a freakish heat wave that resulted a record temperature of nine degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The heat, combined with occasionally heavy rain, dissolved the immense snowfall that triggered the Dec. 19 avalanche that buried 11 homes and killed two people.