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Hard work goes into keeping airport runways clear of snow

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Crews are still working on clearing off the streets after all of the snowfall. But what about the airport runways?

So far, we haven't had any flight cancellations, but that has to do with airport crews who are working hard to keep the runways clear.

From what our Tanya Modersitzki seen, the runways are totally clear. You can see the black pavement.

That's because nonstop, during this storm, crews are working hard to make sure the snow is completely cleared. My video is a little shaky because i was filming in the truck.

Crews of six people at a time work 12 hour shifts, day and night, around the clock, to make sure flights can get off the strip and land. One person is clearing off the terminals and streets while the rest are on the runway.

Mick McCarthy, the Lead Airfield Maintenance worker at Billings Logan International Airport, calls the process an organized circus..

He says the first pieces of equipment out in storms are three runway sweepers. Generally, they're the last piece back too, and travel in a pack, following one another to make sure all of the snow is gone.

"When we're out there sweeping and plowing and blowing you have a bunch of different things going on at the same time and the wind is generally blowing, so the snow goes up in the air and blows around everywhere, and we just always have to keep track of where everybody is so we don't run into each other out there," McCarthy said.

But McCarthy says using the radio to communicate and knowing the runways by heart really helps avoid collisions. If you head to our Facebook page, I went live during my ride along and you can catch more information there.

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