How Do You Clean Up After a Dozen Avalanches?

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On January 24, 2014, a dozen avalanches along the highway into Valdez, Alaska, buried major sections of the only road in  and out of the popular heli-skiing town. One avalanche filled the entire Keystone Canyon, 300 feet wide, 50 feet deep, and 1,500 feet long. The Lowe River was dammed, creating a lake in the middle of the highway.

It took a few weeks for the highway to re-open; as you can imagine, moving twelve avalanches of snow covering a valley is no easy task. Seed Media’s latest video captures a unique point of view of what it takes to start the daunting task. Vertical Solutions helicopters took filmmakers for a fly-over of the area to get a sense of the sheer magnitude.

If you didn’t respect the powers of Mother Nature before, this will kick some sense into you!