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January 21, 2011

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Unsung heroes keep city running

AWAKING at 5am and looking out her window at snowflakes swirling in the darkness, Yan Aiyue knew she and her team were facing a busy day.

"We knew the snow would come," said 58-year-old Yan. "So we should be more than prepared."

Yan and her fellow cleaners along Metro Line 1 were at work at 7am at stations along the line, removing snow before the first passengers arrived.

Earlier this week, alerted that the snow would hit the city, Yan and her team spread salt on the ground. "It will be easy to remove the snow now," said Yan who has been working in the job since 1999.

Despite these precautions, Yan still needed to use buckets to clear out the snow piled on the elevated passages. During the process, Yan said she saw a colleague slipped.

"We hope the bad situation that occurred in 2008 won't happen again," said Yan.

Then many passengers slipped and were injured as insufficient preventative measures had been taken along Metro system.

Thousands of workers like Yan tackled the snow along the Metro network yesterday.


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