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Big Snowfall in the Valley Brings Out Extra Crews

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Heavy snow fall means messy, and sometimes dangerous, streets and highways/

Most city crews are out in full force tonight, including Fargo, where extra crews have been called to clear roadways.

Snow plows hit the roads at about 9 Monday night.

Some of those workers say nights like these are their favorite to work in.

When a storm sends us running for cover, it takes a different breed to go running out.

"I just look at it as it's my job," Derek Houim, an equipment operator driving a sand truck tonight, said. "The boss says to get in here and apply the sand/salt mixture to give cars the traction to get around, or if it takes me to climb on a plow truck to clear the snow for the cars to get around, I guess that's just what I do."

What's normally eight hours of work, today takes twelve.

Derek was called into over-time to fight the worst of Fargo's snow fall this season.

"It kind of makes you feel good, you know."

From dawn until dark, Derek has been sanding streets from the interstate to West Fargo City Limits.

If a police officer calls in about a particularly icy spot, he'll cover that too.

But, no matter how many hours he drives, there's always one spot he's missed.

"When I look at my driveway, I'd like to clear the snow in my driveway versus clearing the streets and coming home to twice as much snow."

Paving the way home, this breed runs around the clock.

Drivers also gave another helpful tip: if you're shoveling snow or operating a private snow plow, pushing that snow into the road or across the road can add up to a $500 fine. They say it's a safety hazard if a driver hits the drift.

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