In October 2011, freak weather conditions caused rivers to break their banks and widespread mudslides in the Bernese and Valais Alp region of Switzerland. Amongst the devastation, a bridge across the valley near the sparsely populated municipality of Kandergrund – 35 miles south of Berne – was washed away with severe implications for the 800 people who live in the municipality.
The Swiss Army Catastrophe Intervention Force, a unit set up specifically to react to this type of event, was tasked with re-establishing the connection in the Kander Valley. Having taken delivery of two new Logistic Support Bridges only three months earlier, the unit found itself with an immediate and unexpected challenge.
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