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Seyðisfjörður Mudslides: New Apartments Ready in Spring

By Yelena

Photo: Cleaning crews in Seyðisfjörður, January 18, 2021.

New rental housing could be completed in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland as early as this spring, RÚV reports. Rental company Bríet, the Minister of Social Affairs, and several other parties signed a declaration of intent to construct apartments in the picturesque town, where mudslides destroyed 12 buildings and heavily damaged five others last December.

Read More: Evacuation Lifted in Seyðisfjörður

While evacuation orders for the town have been lifted, a preliminary risk assessment has determined that four buildings in the mudslide area may no longer be used as residential housing due to the risk of further landslides at the location. An uncertainty phase remains active in Seyðisfjörður due to ongoing risk of mudslides and residents have been told to expect evacuations in the coming months if weather conditions are unfavourable.

Planning Already Begun

Minister of Social Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason expressed his hope that the apartments would be ready in the spring. “The rental company Bríet was founded due to measures we took to ensure housing development in the countryside,” he stated. “And because we launched this control measure, we can respond quickly here in co-operation with the municipality, which we otherwise would not have been able to do.” Construction planning has begun for the project and representative expect to decide where the apartments will be located in the coming weeks.

Ásmundur says the Ministry of Social Affairs has set aside funding through the Housing and Construction Authority as well as Bríet to support families that have lost their homes due to the mudslides.

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