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Elkhart airport ready to clear snow

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Crews at the Elkhart Airport are getting a lot of use out of their snow-clearing equipment this winter!

The manager was in Monday making sure everything is ready to go again for the next snowfall.

Yes, they have snow plows, but they also use a giant sweeper. It has metal bristles that help clear the runway completely.

First they put down a chemical fertilizer, then they let the sweeper go to work.

Elkhart Municipal Airport Manager, Andy Jones says,  "It also has a jet blast on each side, a high pressure jet blast, that is amazing to watch.  When that runs down the runway, it'll blow the ice and snow right out of those cracks, then you're looking behind you at a clean dry runway."

The goal is to keep the airport up and running 24-hours a day, seven days a week no matter what mother nature sends our way.

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