Sunday, 09 December, 2018

JFK Airport water pipe break weather-related

Water main break causes chaos at JFK Eduardo Munoz Reuters
Nellie Chapman | 10 January, 2018, 14:39

There was more misery for those trying to get through JFK Airport in New York Sunday as a water main break forced the closure of Terminal 4 and took with it 38 gates, majority used for global flights. Video shows streams cascading from a ceiling and people slogging through pools of water. The disruption occurred while the U.S. Northeast continued to endure bone-chilling weather with the NY temperature at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius).

The head of the agency that runs New York's Kennedy Airport says its days of delays, cancellations and stranded travelers add up to a "completely unacceptable performance".

The Port Authority said the water pipe break appears to be weather related.

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In a statement Sunday night, the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said a pipe that feeds a sprinkler system in Terminal 4 broke at about 2 p.m., sending roughly 3 inches of water into the terminal's west end, according to the Associated Press, and causing officials to shut down arriving global flights. Other passengers, sharing their anger with local news organizations or on social media, also blasted the lack of information from airlines and airport officials as the dysfunction and misery continued.

"We have launched an investigation into the incident to determine exactly what occurred and why an internal pipe was not weather protected", Port Authority executive director Rick Cottonsaid.

A water pipe that wasn't protected from the weather broke and caused flooding at JFK's Terminal 4, shutting down arriving worldwide flights.

The flooding hit just as the airport was crawling back to normal after a winter storm labeled a "bomb cyclone" forced the airport to close on Thursday.

New York's other airports, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, didn't seem to encounter anywhere near the same scale of problems over the weekend, and Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling for a "thorough review" of what went wrong at JFK. The Port Authority said it was deploying additional staff and providing buses to assist travelers.

Making matters worse, a water main burst and flooded a terminal Sunday.