SHERP Ready For Williams County Rescues


One Williams County resident was evacuated from a rural home last night as rising water along the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers caused problems.
The county’s emergency manager says no other people are currently threatened by the high water.
But there are still concerns about ice jams and sudden flooding.

Here at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone, huge chunks of ice were flowing downstream today and becoming stuck between here and the city of Williston.
Mike Smith says county crews are ready to respond to help anyone put in danger by the fluctuating water levels.
That includes through the use of a brand new piece of equipment that arrived in Williston this week.
The SHERP is a Russian-made vehicle that can travel over land, on ice, and in water.

(Sgt. Ben White, Williams County Sheriff’s Department) “It’s one of if not the only vehicle in the world that’s able to crawl onto the ice by itself without assistance after entering the water from the ice. We have in the river bottom, especially when the water is down, a lot of inaccessible areas especially by foot traffic or anything motorized.”

Sergeant White says the SHERP can carry up to six people and is able to handle stretchers in case a victim needs to be removed from a dangerous area.

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