Sheriff’s Office uses amphibious vehicle to help flood victims

River Valley News

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has a new patrol vehicle that’s helping in flood recovery. 

The Argo Avenger is an eight-wheel drive, amphibious vehicle, meaning it can go from land to water easily. 

Greg Whitsitt with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said the Avenger has already been used for flood recovery. 

Whitsitt added it’s come in handy to pull vehicles from mud holes and in flooded areas.

“If a car is 200 yards out into a flooded area, we can take officers out to that car, look at it, assess whats going on and easily be able to go out to it, come back and never get wet,” Whitsitt said. “Because when you’re wading into water up to your waist with snakes and stuff in the water and all the bad things, the more you can stay out of water, the better you are.”

Whitsitt said he was out patrolling with the Avenger for 12 hours Tuesday, saving three cats and a dog, and helped many people save items from their homes. 

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