Montgomery County leaders scramble to prepare for winter weather after devastating fire

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - County leaders in Montgomery County are scrambling after a fire Sunday evening destroyed more than 15 trucks used to clear snow.

"There’s never a good time, but this is probably one of the worst," County Commissioner Terry Hockersmith said.

The average first snow in Indiana is November 19 and county leaders say they are working hard to get ready by then.

"We’re hoping things will move along and we can get ready for it," Hockersmith said.

The barn was fully-insured, but new trucks could take up to six months to get in, Hockersmith said. In the meantime, the highway department hopes to rely on its neighbors to get through.

“We’ve already had some offers from different counties and different city street departments that are willing to help us if we get in a jam so that’s good," Hockersmith said.

Hockersmith estimates the damages from the fire could be as high as $3 million.

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