GUARD DEPLOYED: Soldiers Helping Motorists

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The Iowa National Guard is helping in the response to the blizzard affecting most of the state.

Col. Greg Hapgood says 80 troops have been mobilized to help stranded motorists. The teams are stationed at DOT road crew offices and are using Humvee vehicles to get through the heavy snow left by the storm. In some places in Iowa, just over 13 inches of snow fell.

So far the troops have been called to help with three incidents: a 25 car crash on I-35 near Williams, an accident near Avoka, and an overnight rescue in Benton County.

The soldiers are working with crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State Patrol on rescues.

Col. Hapgood is reminding motorists that conditions are still dangerous for driving and if you get stuck it could be a while before any emergency responders can reach you.