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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Avalanche danger still high

Some roads were re-opening in the county of Møre og Romsdal on Thursday, but avalanche danger remained high. Snow and ice thundered down the mountains just after noon in two places in hard-hit Sunndal, but no one was injured.

In nicer weather, Sunndal is a scenic place, but its steep mountains have made it a center for avalanches as winter snows start to melt. PHOTO: Sunndal Kommune

Residents of the small residential community of Horrvika were evacuated after two snow- and rockslides destroyed a holiday cabin that had stood for 55 years, reports Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The slide blocked State Highway 70.

Officials launched a search with specially trained dogs to make sure no one was caught in another slide at Litidalen.

The entire county of Møre og Romsdal has been the site of more avalanches during the past week than anyone can remember. Heavy snows, rising temperatures and ongoing storms have left some areas completely cut off, with roads closed in all directions. 

The main state highways were reopening on Thursday, but schools and many other roads remained closed. A bus traveling between Bergen and Ålesund was blown off a road by a snowslide Tuesday, but no one was injured.

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