â??It was really cold when it was -20,â?? said CSA Air employee, Candie Faust. â??It was awful.â??
Sheâ??s not just talking about the weather. She was explaining what it was like to use a temporary outside toilet in sub-zero temperatures. Thatâ??s because the Ford Airport's pipes were frozen and still are.
â??We purchased some temporary tanks which are 500 gallons each, and we're filling it up with the fire trucks every other day,â?? said Airport Manager, Tim Howen.
Fortunately with the temporary tanks, the outdoor facilities were only needed for one day. The temporary tanks allow for using the indoor restrooms, but it still doesn't solve the bigger issue frozen underneath the airport: the stubborn lines.
â??A few days later we were able to steam that for a couple hundred feet with no success whatsoever. So we're waiting until spring now; we'll probably end up digging up the entire line,â?? Howen said.
That may ultimately be the solution since the larger problem could be an entire break, not just frozen pipes. Itâ??s been demanding, but the employees at the airport are handling it well.
â??I know they have sleepless nights working on it, and we appreciate them very much,â?? Faust said.
â??Weâ??re here seven days a week from five in the morning to 9:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. at night,â?? Howen said.
However, their work doesn't end there; seems the weather is also affecting their runway lights.
â??Whatâ??s happening is the water's seeping down into the cans, and there is a drain hole at the bottom of the electrical cans, but it's freezing up at night and keeping the water in the cans,â?? Howen said.
At one point, it caused a section of over 300 runway lights to go out at night, which is continuing to keep these employees on their frozen toes.
â??Feels like winter is not ending, never going to end,â?? Howen said.