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CRAPPY CLOSURE: Bank closes due to sewage leak forcing teardown of walls; ATM and post office remain open (UPDATE: Temporary office now next to 78 Degrees Tax Free shop)

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Update 2 p.m. Wednesday: The bank is operating temporarily in the Longyearbyen Arbeiderforening office adjacent to the 78 Degrees Tax Free shop across from the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel.

Original story: A sewage leak forced the closure of the Sparebank1 branch in Longyearbyen on Tuesday after the smell from the seepage into a couple of rooms became too fowl to continue operations, according to the bank’s manager. The ATM in the hallways outside the bank, the post office and the tax office in the same building all remain open.

“It not flooding, but there is a terrible smell from it,” Trond Hellstad told Svalbardposten. “Pure water would have been bad enough, but then it wouldn’t have smelled so cruel.”

Workers are tearing down walls to locate the source of the leakage and the bank could be closed multiple days as a result, Hellstad said. Bank officials are considering operating in a temporary alternate location if that is the case and plan to provide further information about the closure during the day.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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