An Avalanche Blocked a Massive Tunnel In Italy, Isolating Over 6,000 People

March 7, 2024

Thousands of people were isolated on March 3 after an avalanche ripped through Italy’s Aosta Valley and covered a tunnel. The tunnel is a major roadway near the town of Gressoney-Saint-Jean, effectively leaving two municipalities completely cut off from the rest of the region.

Meanwhile, the same storm was dumping as much as 48 inches of fresh snow. That forced the hands of the mayors of Aymavilles, Cogne, Gressoney-Saint-Jean, and Valsavarenche, who called for the closures of several roads in the region and effectively left as many as 6,000 locals and tourists stranded for two days during the storm. The Inertia