Following approval by City Council last week, the department made a road trip to San Antonio to receive a former U.S. Army LMTV M-1078. This vehicle, acquired through the State of Texas military surplus program, will be equipped by the City of Stafford Vehicle Maintenance Department and used by the department during flood and rising water emergencies should they occur in our community. Given the lessons learned from previous flood events the ability to have a vehicle capable of reaching trapped and stranded citizens was identified and this type of vehicle, with a high ground clearance and ability to traverse flood waters, was located. Thank you to Emergency Management Coordinator Pete Alvarado who located the program and vehicle, Captain Jose Magana who drove it back and Vehicle Maintenance Foreman Ian Sargent who did a mechanical checkout, for taking the trip and bringing it back to the city in the rain. The anticipated time frame to have it fully outfitted is approximately 2-4 weeks however, should it be needed sooner, it is immediately available.