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Kamloops Airport cleaning up after storm

KAMLOOPS - There were nine flight cancellations at the airport Sunday and Monday but the break in the storm means flights are back to normal and crews have been able to start cleanup on additional taxiways.

A total of 35 centimetres fell at Kamloops Airport over the course of the storm and airport manager Fred Legace says while conditions were ‘pretty bad’ here some of the cancellations were due to weather in other cities as well. Poor conditions in other cities has led to some delays today, but no cancellations.

“We had some pretty bad conditions here, it was a bit of the luck of the draw for getting in and out,” he says, adding they had trucks and crews working to clear snow through much of the storm. “The crew actually hand shovelled every runway light, they spent about an hour doing that.”

Today is looking better, though there has been some freezing rain at the airport, and crews are working on priority two areas, where as much as 18 inches of snow is blocking taxiways. When those areas are complete they will move on to the third priority areas, which will include parking lots and other cleanup.

Legace notes today everything is in catch up mode at the airport. People are trying to rebook flights and Westjet may even bring in additional flights Wednesday to help out.

“This was probably the worst storm you could with here in Kamloops,” Legace says. “And we’re not out of the woods yet though, we’re not putting any equipment away just yet.”

Environment Canada is calling for a 60 per cent chance of flurries or freezing rain early this afternoon and a temperature steady near 0 Celsius. The winter storm warning is over for our region, but remains in place for regions east and north of Kamloops.

School District 73 closed schools for a second day because of the heavy snowfall and city crews are working to catch up following the two-day dump of snow. Public Works Director Jen Fretz says they will be clearing the Downtown and North Shore business areas Tuesday night and will likely only get to side streets mid-week.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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