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Road Workers Clear Snow from Thirty Avalanches in West Fjords

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Road Workers Clear Snow from Thirty Avalanches in West Fjords

Avalanche in Northeast Iceland.

Photo: Arnór Erlingsson.

Road workers spent six and half hours on Monday clearing snow from the road around Súðavíkurhlíð mountain in the West Fjords, RÚV reports. A series of more than 26 avalanches had left the road completely impassable after the blizzards this past weekend.

The road around Súðavíkurhlið was, thankfully closed over the weekend, as strong northwesterly winds increased the probability of avalanches during the storm. The weather advisory was lifted early this morning, allowing road crews to come in and begin clearing the road. According to Guðmundur Björgvinsson, head of the Icelandic Road Administration in Ísafjörður, it was an incredibly arduous process, taking the crew six and a half hours to clear just under 20 kilometers of road.

The crew had to force their way through the snow from all the avalanches that had settled on the road. “I’ve already counted 26 avalanches,” said Guðmundur, “and we’re not done yet. I expect that we’ll get up to 30 before it’s all over.”

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