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Avalanche Risk Lifted in Iceland’s West Fjords

The level of emergency due to avalanche risk has been lifted in the West Fjords and today the road around the fjord Ísafjarðardjúp was cleared. The road has been closed for six days, during which a number of avalanches have fallen.

isafjordur-winter_psÍsafjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Heavy snowfall in the region has also resulted in blackouts. Last night the inhabitants of Árneshreppur in Strandir, the northeastern West Fjords, cheered when the power returned after four days of dark and cold, ruv.is reports.

Electricity has now been restored across most of the region.

Employees of the Icelandic Road Administration have also been working on clearing the road along Barðaströnd, the southern West Fjords, but due to failure in one of the snowblowers, it will probably not open until tomorrow.

In related news, an avalanche warning was issued for parts of Hofsós in Skagafjörður, Northwest Iceland, this afternoon.

Click here to read more about the weather in the West Fjords.

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