National Guard helping Hoosiers stranded in snow

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Soldiers with the Indiana National Guard are helping Hoosiers who are stranded on the roads or in their homes after Sunday’s snow storm.

“This is the reason why many of us joined the National Guard so we can help our community,” said Sgt. Malika Dowdell. “If you do find yourself displaced or distressed, make sure you get in contact with local authorities, so we can help you.”

“This is the kind of weather that can kill you if you’re out for an extended period of time,” said Dave Bursten with the Indiana State Police. “We’ve said it again and again, if you don’t have to be out, don’t go out.”

Gov. Mike Pence and other state officials held their own news conference late Monday morning to update Hoosiers on efforts statewide.

“If you can stay in today, stay in all day today,” he urged.

Pence asked for patience and said he was pleased with the state’s response, adding that “we’re not there yet” when it comes to getting a grip on the storm. He referred to Indiana’s first responders as “heroes.”

Pence told reporters he was declaring a state of emergency in 29 counties via an executive order.