AVALANCHE UPDATE: Many residents allowed to return home Wednesday night; evacuation of homes closest to mountainside continues indefinitely

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Many of the more than 200 residents evacuated from 92 homes at midday Tuesday following an avalanche that destroyed two apartment buildings on Vei 228 are being allowed to return home Wednesday night following a lengthy expert assessment of snow conditions, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

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A map shows houses (shaded in red) when an evacuation order remains in effect. Map courtesy of The Governor of Svalbard.

The evacuation order remains in effect indefinitely for residences closest to the mountains at the following addresses:

• Vei 222-7, 222-9, 222-11, 222-13, 222-15, 222-17
• Vei 224-7
• Vei 226-10, 226-12, 226-31, 226-33, 226-35, 226-37
• The damaged homes on Vei 228 (6-16)

Further details about today’s assessment and other matters related to the avalanche will be discussed during a public meeting at 8 p.m. at Kulturthuset.