Winter Storm Ulmer unleashed its fury on the West Plains on March 11, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Ulmer was a bomb cyclone that included blizzard conditions, blowing snow, high winds, and flooding. The storm stretched from Colorado to North Dakota. Following Ulmer, there was widespread damage across 16 million acres costing billions of dollars.
Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response organization providing assistance in the South Dakota and Nebraska areas. Polaris donated six Ranger side-by-side utility vehicles to Team Rubicon’s flooding relief efforts. The organization has a total of 90,000 volunteers. Those volunteers go into communities to help recover from natural disasters such as Winter Storm Ulmer.
“We’re humbled by the great work Team Rubicon has done and continues to do whenever a disaster strikes, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute Ranger vehicles to support their efforts,” said Polaris Vice President of Off Road Vehicles Kyle Duea.
Ulmer relief efforts included going into flooded homes and buildings to clean mud and debris. They also distributed sandbags to residents living near areas with rising waters from the storm. They also brought chainsaws into areas with downed trees. Polaris Ranger Utility vehicles were used to access remote areas and conduct damage assessments. They were also used to haul fallen trees and debris.