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Snow drifts are no match for new Humvees

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Authorities spent several days, this week, working to rescue drivers who were stuck in the snow.

For the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, it was a new tool that made the biggest difference.

They say they were thrilled to get three of these Humvees over the summer, but it wasn't until Wednesday's storm that the department really discovered how valuable they are.

Sheriff Eric Williams say "Several runs were made yesterday... There were some places in the outlying terrain, especially in drifted areas, steep hills, places like that where they were able to maneuver."

He says there were places that a sturdy truck might have trouble time going, but in the Humvee, snow piles that are several feet high are no problem.

Along with the Humvee the department got a personnel carrier, which also came in handy. "We plan on using them during our flooding situations which we face on a regular basis," says the Sheriff. "It'll be handy in crime scenes in rural areas in the middle of a farm field where it's been raining."

Dozens of people can fit in back, and, inside, deputies will be able to brave rain, snow, or whatever mother nature throws at us next.

Williams adds, "I'm not sure there's anywhere around here that this thing's not going to be able to go."

Sheriff Williams says the Humvees and personnel carrier came from the military, and didn't cost taxpayers a dime.

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