Hoosier Helpers rescue drivers stranded in the snow

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 8, 2015) – Crews have been busy this week making sure roadways are safe for drivers.

Many times our cars don’t cooperate with the cold weather.  The harsh temperatures can cause flat tires, dead batteries and even overheating issues.  When drivers get stranded on the side of the road, Hoosier Helpers are there.

“There are some that are so happy that they think Santa clause came again or something. They are so happy to see us for us to help them get off the roadways,” says Chris Lowery, an INDOT Hoosier Helper.

The main goal for Hoosier Helpers is to keep traffic moving.  In addition to helping stranded drivers they will also make sure accidents and debris aren’t blocking traffic.

Thursday night at 11, DPW rolled out 40 trucks ready to watch over secondary roads and thoroughfares.

“One of the concerns we have is we still have some issues with blowing and drifting snow. We have drivers keeping an eye out.  We’ll have some slick spots from time to time they will put down some salt down to make they don’t get freezing there,” explains Scott Manning, with DPW.

This week DPW has gone through nearly 3,000 tons of salt.  Replacement salt has already been ordered and will be ready to go for when the next storm hits.

Hoosier Helpers operate all year.  If you need help call 899-8577.

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