Announcement from the Civil Protection Department of the National Commissioner of Police and the Police Commissioner in Austurland: The emergency level of the Civil Protection Department has been reduced to danger level in Seyðisfjörður – Evacuation revoked to some extent.
The avalanche specialists of the Icelandic Meteorological office, along with associated partners have assessed the danger of further avalanches in Seyðisfjörður. Avalanche danger still exists in specified areas and they will remain evacuated. Residents living outside these areas are permitted to return to their homes.
The evacuation of a part of Seyðisfjörður will be recalled as of 14:30. Residents who are permitted to return are asked to report to the road block at Fjarðarheiði. It is important that the residents remain in their homes when they arrive there until the situation has stabilised. Residents who do not have access to a car should report to the help centre in Egilsstaðaskóli.
Shops in Seyðisfjörður are closed today and the residents who are returning to their homes are encouraged to bring provisions and supplies with them. Travel to Seyðisfjörður by the general public is subject to limitations. All unnecessary traffic is prohibited.
The streets involved:
- Suðurgata to Garðarsvegur
- Austurvegur to no. 21
and the farms
Residents who are not able to return to their homes can report at the help centre in Egilsstaðaskóli in Egilsstaðir.
With regard to these measures, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, in consultation with the Commissioner of Police in Austurland, has decided to lower the emergency level of the Public Protection Department, which has been in effect in Seyðisfjörður, down to the danger level.