Devils Lake man helping stranded people during storm

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (Valley News Live) - As forecasted, the Devils Lake basin is getting rocked by this winter storm.

One local man is doing all he can to help get the town back up and running.

This time last year, 22-year-old Austin Hanson was in the field, working on his farm.

But, this early winter storm has got him spending his days behind the wheel of a truck, plowing snow.

Hanson says he wants to get the roads clear and help people in town. He adds the plows are having a hard time moving the snow because it is so wet and heavy.

He's got a baby on the way that's coming any day now. He says, when that day comes, he wants to be sure he can make it through town.

“It’s not one to joke around in," Hanson says. "And we have people that have no common sense and don't even think about waiting to go out in it."

Hanson's been pushing snow around since Thursday. He says he's lived in Devils Lake for five years and that he's never seen anything like this.

“Going up town, it’s at least two to three feet deep, and that’s not even including the snow drifts,” Hanson says.

Hanson says he has pulled out a dozen of stranded cars, and has even gotten stuck a few times himself in the process.

“This is an every year occurrence," Hanson says. "They tell people, 'Stay at home, don’t try and travel,' and they end up like this.”

Officials say the sooner people stay off these dangerous roads, the sooner people like Hanson can get them cleared off and get the town opened up again.