Construction is underway to strengthen houses in Flateyri that are at risk of avalanches, Fréttablaðið reports.
The local government of Ísafjörður launched this action plan in January and it is expected that all the houses that are in danger will be strengthened during the summer.
Protection from mother nature
Among other things, bulletproof glass will be placed on the windows of endangered houses. This is done to prevent snow from breaking into people’s homes.
Where necessary, reinforced walls, ceilings and doors will also be installed.
There are a total of eight houses in risk areas, by Ólafstún, Goðatún and Hjallavegur. First, three houses will be chosen that cost 25 million ISK.
Is there snow another way to protect the people?
As part of the project, avalanche barriers that already exist will be strengthened to better protect the village.
Avalanche barriers will also be set up on Eyrarfjall to reduce snow accumulation.
Land will also be excavated and shaped in addition to the current defenses and soil research carried out in the port area.
Last year an avalanche flooded Flateyrarhöfn and many small boats were damaged or completely destroyed. The cost of the lattice is estimated at ISK 150 million and the landscaping at ISK 150 to 180 million.
Source: The Nordic Page