Residents of Reykjavík have been warned about the consequences of the current asahláka (“major thaw”) caused by plus degree temperatures and rain after all the snow and frost, which will result in slippery streets and sidewalks.
From Reykjavík. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.
There is also a risk of meltwater accumulating and flowing in unpredictable directions because of channels formed by ice; an insurance company representative reminded people to shovel the snow from balconies and outside cellars to prevent leakage into their homes on RÚV’s radio station Rás 2 this morning.
City authorities are prepared for the consequences of the thaw; the city’s employees worked hard on clearing snow away from drains yesterday, Morgunblaðið reports.
A statement from the City of Reykjavík said sand will be scattered on icy streets and sidewalks if the conditions will become as slippery as last weekend when no salt or sand was scattered, resulting in pedestrians slipping and suffering bone fractures.
The ten snow plow trucks which are usually responsible for scattering salt on Reykjavík’s busiest streets will now be used for scattering sand if necessary.
The statement also says that residents have picked up sand and salt at district control stations to scatter at their private walk and driveways.