The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department’s search and rescue team expected to spend their Saturday celebrating the retirement of Sheriff Keith Royal, but a call for action changed plans.
In total, the team rescued 12 people and two infants, according to a news release from the department.
The team first responded to a call in the Grouse Ridge area in Nevada City, the release said, and while they were working to rescue the first group of stranded citizens, they received a second call to rescue a second group of citizens nearby.
A group of citizens offered the team assistance with two snow cats – a truck-sized vehicle built to drive through snow – and a plow truck.
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“Even in the dark of night, in the woods, in a snow storm we have great people in our community,” the release said.
The area has been pelted by a weekend of rain, causing snow flurries in the Sierra. Caltrans has closed both directions of I-80 from Colfax to the Nevada state line after citing multiple spin outs and other accidents in the area.