Avalanche over road in Narvik – house evacuated

Narvik - E10 BjørnfjellPhoto: Statens vegvesen / NTB
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The power line to the town of Beisfjord in Narvik Municipality has been cut, and a house has been evacuated after an avalanche passed over Beisfjordveien.

According to the police, it looks as if several avalanches have occurred within the avalanche that has been discovered.

This is the second time in less than a week that avalanches have occurred in the area. Emergency Manager Rolf Lossius in Narvik municipality says Friday’s avalanche was about 500 meters west of the previous one.

“We have received a message from the police who are unsure whether there are one or more avalanches. We are trying to get that verified,” Lossius told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

There are about 700 people living in the town of Beisfjord, which according to Lossius, has steep mountain slopes and is prone to avalanches. The Municipality and the police are now working on mapping the extent of the avalanche. It is not yet clear if houses or people have been affected.

One home evacuated

Operations Manager Mari Lillestø of Nordland police district says one home has been evacuated. There are also several cabins in the area, but according to her, there are no people in these.

“So far, we know that there has been a major avalanche. We have called out volunteers and other police resources to get an overview of whether there are people in the avalanche or not,” she told the national broadcaster.

The police and the emergency group met on Friday morning to get an overview of the situation. Lillestø told VG said that the only way into the town at the moment is via boat.

“We are trying to get resources in there. The only way to get to Beisfjorden is by boat. However, the fjord is full of ice, which makes access difficult,” she told VG.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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