The Governor of Svalbard is cancelling the evacuation of Gruvedalen and the private dog yard immediately. The road between the centre and Skjæringa (Melkeveien) will be opened.

The exposed areas were inspected by people from Longyearbyen Local Community and experts on landslides from UNIS this morning. On behalf of this inspection , we have concluded to cancel the evacuation, the Governor Kjersti Askhold informs.

Regarding the private dog yard, there might be a risk of smaller landslides, but not to the extent that it will represent a danger to the construction or facility.

Longyearbyen Local Community and the Governor of Svalbard will together with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) arrange an information meeting in the evening of 23. November. Time and place will be announced later.

The meeting will be adressing the evacuation situation this week and also information about the warning system and the surveillance of the avalanche danger this coming winter.

If anyone has question about the last few days events, they can contact the Local Community Centre at 79 02 21 50