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Soggy Saturday: Nearly 25mm of rain possible during weekend storm; road between Huset and Museumsveien closed due to landslide danger

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There’s a couple of great outdoor events this weekend in the form of a 24-hour mountaineering marathon and a three-day beach cleanup/camping trip – but a major rainstorm between Friday night and midday Sunday means it’ll hardly be the great outdoors.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 26, 2018

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The road between the cemetery and Huset is closed to all foot and vehicle traffic following a landslide, the bridge between downtown and Svalbard Church must be demolished due to damage, and a man driving around asking for drugs is shut down by the police.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Nov. 13, 2016

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Avalanche risk report to be unveiled Thursday at UNIS
A long-awaited report assessing the landslide and avalanche dangers in Longyearbyen is scheduled to be presented at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The University Centre in Svalbard.

New abnormal: How often will we have to evacuate homes this winter due to extreme storms? And for good later?

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We may be in for a winter of discontent, but that’s far preferable to another time of tragedy.

Hundreds of Longyearbyen residents were forced to evacuate their homes for the second time in less than a year earlier this month due to extreme weather and officials said it’s entirely possible more will occur in the near future. What nobody can realistically predict, of course, is just how often.

Random weirdness for the week of Nov. 8, 2016

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In the words of some people, this is the third time our unstable editor been evacuated during the past year. Um, close but not quite. As almost all journalists know, to evacuate somebody is to give them an enema.

STORM ALERT: All evacuations lifted; community meeting Nov. 23 will review incident and focus on coming winter

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All evacuations in Longyearbyen resulting from near-record rainfall and warm temperatures Monday and Tuesday have been lifted, The Governor of Svalbard announced Thursday afternoon.

Most people forced to evacuate homes, dorms and guest accommodations were allowed to return home Wednesday evening, but the order remained in effect for a cluster of apartments at Vei 232 and the dog kennels just outside town. After consulting with city leaders and experts at The University Centre in Svalbard Thursday morning, the governor lifted the final restrictions at about 2 p.m.

STORM ALERT: Evacuations lifted for all areas except apartments at Vei 232 and the dog kennels

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An evacuation order affecting 259 people has been lifted for nearly all areas as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

The order remains in place for residences 522 to 544 on Vei 232 and for the dog kennels just outside of Longyearbyen, with a new assessment of those areas scheduled Thursday. The order has been lifted for those living or staying in Nybyen, the vicinity of Svalbard Church and apartment complexes along Vei 222.

STORM UPDATE: Evacuations to continue indefinitely, but hillside study and status update coming this evening

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The evacuations that have displaced 259 people will continue indefinitely, but officials are scheduled to do further analysis of the hillsides surrounding Longyearbyen and issue a status update after meeting at 5:30 p.m., according to The Governor of Svalbard.

STORM UPDATE: Wednesday a lot like Tuesday, except not as wet

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There’s still rain in the forecast. Temperatures are still well above freezing. There will be another mid-day helicopter survey of the hillsides. And another early afternoon meeting of emergency officials. And sometime later this afternoon we’ll learn if some or all of us will be allowed to return home.

STORM UPDATE: ‘I was scared when I saw it,’ says UNIS geology student who discovered mountain cracks above Vei 232 apartments

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Aleksandra Smyrak-Sikora said she stayed home Tuesday because she was feeling a little ill. But when she saw huge cracks in the mountain above her apartment by the faint light of midday she felt far worse.

“I was scared when I saw it,” said Smyrak-Sikora, a PhD student studying geology at The University Centre in Svalbard who has conducted previous landslide research and took the photo above. “It was several segments.”

The cracks were about 30 meters from a cluster of apartments on Vei 232 in Gruvedalen. She contacted The Governor of Svalbard and geology experts at UNIS, and after analyzing the hillside an order was given at about 4:15 p.m. to the occupants of a dozen apartments – including the one she shares with her husband and 15-month-old daughter – to evacuate them by 6 p.m.