The Governor of Svalbard has today met with Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and Skred AS. The evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban can be lifted Friday afternoon at 15:00 (3 PM).

The Governor of Svalbard has today met with Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and Sked AS, who today have checked the mountainsides in the evacuation area. Weather forecasts and observations made indicate that the evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban can be lifted Friday afternoon at 15:00 (3 PM).

- NVE has today consulted with the Meteorological Institute and has also had crews out in the terrain to assess the avalanche situation. The findings indicate that it is possible to lift the evacuation and restrictions that were introduced in areas on the upper side of the houses in Lia and from the school to Nybyen today, says Governor Kjerstin Askholt.

The evacuation is lifted at 15 o’clock (3 PM) Friday afternoon.

The permanent residence ban for parts of the settlement in Lia is maintained.