Freeborn County: Search and rescue operations; Emergency situation protocol in place

National Guard is assisting in the search and rescues.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 10:23 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2019 4:15 PM

Dozens of motorists have been rescued as search and rescue operations have been going on since Saturday night, the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office said.
“We are using our tracked ATV which has seating for five occupants. The Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Minnesota Army National Guard yesterday evening to assist us with motorist rescue operations and also sheltering stranded motorists at the Albert Lea armory. The National Guard also uses a tracked vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Freeborn County said it has rescued 25 motorists and the national guard has rescued 30 motorists.

At around 4 p.m., the county issued the following statement:

Freeborn County Emergency Situation Protocol Due to Extreme Weather

Freeborn County Essential Services Only
Due to Extreme Weather

Due to the extreme wind and blizzard conditions that will encompass Freeborn County over the next 24 hours, County facilities will be operating under the Freeborn County Emergency Situation Protocol. The following operational changes will be made:

• Freeborn County offices will be operating minimal services with limited staffing from 12:00 PM on February 24, 2019 until 12:00 noon on Monday, February 25, 2019.
• Freeborn County Commissioners and Administration encourage all citizens to remain home and off the roads during the adverse weather.
• Emergency personnel and law enforcement will be on duty without reduction in staffing. Public Works will be on duty as needed.

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