On Monday, the mayor of Pittsburgh welcomed the National Guard to help out in the aftermath of the 2010 Blizzard. About 300 troops were called upon to assist the city’s public safety workers. In addition to lending a helping hand, Humvees have been seen patrolling the streets of city neighborhoods.
This might not be the worst winter storm in Pittsburgh’s history, but it might be the first time the military was called in because of snow. According to the original news report by KDKA, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said:
We will also begin to have the National Guard patrol our neighborhoods to deal with any issues that come up… So city residents, be advised that you will begin to see National Guard Humvees in some of your neighborhoods beginning this evening.
Other cities got hit even harder than us (Philly got 28 inches!) but the Burgh got lucky with the Humvee helpers – as long as the Hummers aren’t equipped with those annoying LRADs. We wouldn’t want kids going deaf over snowball fights and sled-riding. Come on people, this is a snowstorm, not the G20!
How do you feel about the military being called upon to help with a snowstorm?