Cleanup after the Dec. 19 avalanche started almost immediately. LNS Spitsbergen spent a few weeks during the winter removing the demolished houses. Workers then had to wait until the last of the snow was gone to pick up the remaining small debris.
Everything in the houses
LNS hired students to take care of the smaller debris.
"It been about picking up shards of glass, paper, drywall residue and lots of insulation. We have found everything that one can find in a house, "said Ole Sondre Holtet Gunnhildberget and Odin Storø.
The fence that has barricaded the site since shortly after the avalanche was removed Monday.
The students are not done cleaning. The storm that raged Dec. 18 tore the roof off of Barrack 10 in Nybyen as well. And those remnants cover a much larger area.
"There we will clean in an area that extends right up to Larsbreen," the students said.
Sara Fastvold has already been at the site and worked on the project.
"I helped pick up 40 bags of insulation," she said, not concealing the fact she didn't consider it the most fun job in the world.
"But it all has to be picked up and this is the only way to do that," Fastvold said.
Among the unpleasant consequences of job is sore backs, the students told Svalbardposten.
LNS Spitsbergen Administrative Director Frank Jakobsen said he's very pleased with the students' efforts.
"They've done a great job and it no longer looks like there were homes in the area," he said. "We salute them."
It has been decided that Barrack 10 will be demolished, but the work will not done until after the summer.