Iowa National Guard Helps Drivers Stranded in Storm

Semi tractor trailers are stopped along a stretch of Highway 30 after another semi tractor trailer slid partially off the roadway, blocking much of the westbound lanes Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Benton County, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette-KCRG)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa National Guard has sent 80 troops statewide to help rescue drivers stranded by a major snow storm.

The Des Moines Register reports the troops have been deployed in Humvee vehicles that can handle heavy snow. They are working alongside state transportation officials and the Iowa State Patrol.

The newspaper reports at least one rescue happened Wednesday night in eastern Iowa.

The National Weather Service says more than a foot of snow is expected in some areas of the state. Transportation officials are warning drivers to stay off all roads until midnight.

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