Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On March 10, 2023, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Special Services deputies were dispatched to conduct a welfare check on two Panther Gap Road residents who were snowed in and hadn’t been in contact with family for over two weeks.

Deputies attempted to access the residences utilizing the Sheriff’s SnoCat, however, they were met with several feet of snow and numerous downed trees. Deputies worked throughout the day to cut and clear the trees. It was determined that the amount of trees and snow exceeded the capabilities of HCSO resources, and additional manpower and a bulldozer would be required to clear the roadway.

During their efforts to secure a bulldozer for this mission, deputies were contacted by a local company, Xotic Flavors, who volunteered the use of their bulldozer that was already in the Honeydew area. Additionally, firefighters with Petrolia Fire and Honeydew Fire were requested to assist with clearing trees.

Together, on March 12, deputies and assisting crews worked for approximately 8 hours in pouring rain to clear the roadway in order to reach the homes. Deputies contacted both residents, who were found to be alive, well and extremely grateful.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Cody King, Arul Camacho, Trevor Scott with Xotic Flavors, Petrolia Fire, Honeydew Fire and the Honeydew community, whose invaluable assistance contributed to the success of this mission.

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