In the municipality of Vals (district of Innsbruck-Land) it came on Christmas Eve to a massive rockfall. The national road L230 in the area of the junction Padaun was spilled with rocks and soil over a length of 100 to 150 meters, according to police. Some houses had to be evacuated, nobody was injured. Dozens of people are trapped in the valley.
The rockfall occurred at 6:15 pm according to the executive. It was not just rocks that fell away, but also soil and trees. In consultation with a state geologist, the affected area was cordoned off and evacuated. Twelve houses with about 36 people were affected. 70 to 80 more people are trapped in the valley due to the roadblock.
Monday morning was a briefing with the district captain and a country geologist in progress. A sightseeing flight was also planned to get an overview of the situation. “It was restless all night,” an official told APA. So far, there have been no problems with larger rock falls in the area, it was said.
According to ORF Tirol, it was very lucky that no one was injured. According to the report, some children had passed the place just minutes before the disaster on the way to the Christmas Mass.
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