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ALERT: Evacuations possible Sunday evening due to blizzard; residents urged to secure objects due to high winds (UPDATE: No evacuations after evaluations Sunday and Monday))

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(Update 11:30 a.m. Monday: After little or no snow fell during the night, officials said no evacuation will be ordered and no further evaluation meetings have been announced.)

(Update 10 p.m. Sunday: No evacuation ordered; officials will reassess situation at 10 a.m. Monday.)

Evacuating homes in avalanche-prone areas due to snow and high winds is scheduled to be discussed at 8 p.m. Sunday by emergency officials, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

ALERT: Advendalen flooding blocks road, strands drivers and snowmobilers


Update 7:10 p.m.: Frank Jakobsen, director of LNS Spitsbergen, states “crews are working to clear the road, but “we recommend that all unnecessary driving in Adventdalen be avoided.”

Original article: Heavy flooding in Advendalen has blocked the road at the Bolterdalen river, leaving vehicle and snowmobile drivers stranded, and other rivers are at risk of overflowing.

“Slush wave and lots of water have made the main Adventdalen road impossible to pass,” wrote Tom Foreman in a post on a Longyearbyen community Facebook page, noting he is touch with people on the other side of the river. “Slush building up on the road and more water building behind the road and slush dam. Very dangerous. Trucks and snowscooters apparently stuck out there already.”