The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is making good use of its drone. During the flooding in mid-March, the drone collected a photographic record of the damage.

One of the photos, which appeared on the front page of the March 16 Weekend Hub, showed half of Gibbon underwater.

Tuesday the drone again proved its worth by aiding deputies searching for two Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center escapees.

Reacting to reports from the public about stolen vehicles and sightings of the escapees, deputies eventually were close enough to launch the drone and hone in on the youths.