Two employees of the Icelandic Road Administrations made a quick escape yesterday while clearing the road in Northeast Iceland where a giant mudslide fell the day before. They heard a rumble in the mountainside and saw a new mudslide forming.
Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The road, nr. 85 between Akureyri and Húsavík, will therefore remain closed to all traffic, even pedestrians, at least until after the weekend when the Icelandic Met Office has reassessed the situation, mbl.is reports.
Most of the snow in the region’s mountains is expected to melt in the coming days and so there’s a risk of further mudslides. After the situation has been deemed safe, it may take up to three days to repair the road.
The 250-meter wide mudslide tore a 20-30 meter gap in the road and the surface dressing is expected to be ruined at a stretch of 150-200 meters.
The roads across Fljótsheiði and Aðaldalur are open. For further information on road conditions, take a look at vegagerdin.is.