The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office worked overnight to help stranded motorists and handle emergencies while the roadways were crippled in the winter storm.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian says the Sheriff's Office made medical emergencies a priority while assisting drivers. Some motorists were given transport to the hospital. Christian says they even had a situation where a deputy had to transport blood to Birmingham from Shelby County.
Christian believe one of the reasons deputies were able to stay mobile is the Sheriff's Office's use of the ‘Indianapolis Plan," where deputies take home their vehicles. The Sheriff's Office also has access to multiple four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles that were used in the wintry rescue.
As for Wednesday, Christian says the progress made will be determined by how many drivers will stay off the roads. Sand trucks will be trying to treat the roads and could be hindered by drivers attempting to navigate the icy roads. Christian hopes people will stay at home and road crews can get several trouble spots cleared up.
"By this time tomorrow, this will be all over with," said Christian. "The Good news is: we believe we're going to be able to get to you today."
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