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Jones County snowmobile club helps stranded motorists during blizzard

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Sunday's blizzard caused travel hiccups across much of eastern Iowa, especially in Jones County, but thanks to group of Jones County Snowchasers they rescued over a dozen stuck drivers.

Jones County Sheriff, Greg Graver says the group played an active role in helping them, help motorists.

"I'm going to estimate that we probably had around 40 vehicles in the ditch," said Sheriff Graver. "The snowchasers and their grooming machine were completely responsible for going in and getting people out and bringing them to us."

Terry Brownell, Jones County Snowchasers president says they dispatched their snow groomer to the Highway 1 and Highway 151 area.

He says the snow groomer normally moves snow to create paths for their snow mobiles and other recreational uses, but that wasn't the case Sunday.

"We had people going out to vehicles on other county roads and highways and getting people out of their vehicles and taking them to a local shelter," said Brownell.

There were about eight members of the snowchasers team helping.

What made Sunday night so difficult Graver says, was the large volume of stranded people in cars over a widespread area.

Police departments and fire departments practically turned into motels for stuck drivers

"We just had more people in trouble than we were able to reach," said Graver. 

More than half of the Jones County Sheriff's staff were out responding to calls starting early Sunday evening, but the conditions started deteriorating, and even their 4-wheel dive vehicles were getting stranded.

Sheriff Graver says the snowchasers were a very valuable tool in the success of extricating so many people in the bad conditions.

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