Wednesday 11. February 2015

Everything under water everywhere

The lunch lectures start in the spring term with thoughts on the recent deluge in Ísafjörður on Friday, 13.02.2015. 

 

When there is a deluge like in Ísafjörður on Sunday 08.02.2015, it is important that all inhabitants react quickly to minimize possible damages caused by the water.

 

Many helped to prevent larger damage, when Ísafjörður's sewage system ran over in heavy rain and sudden melting of the snow in the mountains above the town. The drainpipes filled up and flooded over. For limitation of defect, heavy pumps were installed and sandbags were filled to direct the water from the buildings and other infrastructure.

 

Amongst those ready to help the inhabitants was the personel of Ísafjarðarbær munucipality, the fire brigade and the police, but also the rescue teams. The municipality had to resort to many other ressources this sunday, as for example the farmers from the neighbouring fjords who came with their heavy manure pumps to dry up the footballfield before the predicted frosty weather.

 

In the Lunch Lecture Herdís Sigurjónsdóttir, teacher at the Coastal and Marine Management programme, will go through the events of last sunday from the point of view of a teacher in Managing Coastal and Offshore Emergency and spur a discussion on how to use this event to prepare the community better for challenges in the future.

 

UWestfjords lunch lectures are open for the public and start on Fridays at 12.10. Sandwiches for sale. The talk will be given in Icelandic.

 


Herdís Sigurjónsdóttir, teacher in the Coastal and Marine Management programme, will give a lecture in the Lunch Lectures series Vísindaport.
Herdís Sigurjónsdóttir, teacher in the Coastal and Marine Management programme, will give a lecture in the Lunch Lectures series Vísindaport.