Last updated: 07:57 PM ET, Sat October 31 2015

Flood Damages Austin Air Traffic Control, Flights Affected

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | October 31, 2015

Flood Damages Austin Air Traffic Control, Flights Affected

Photo via Twitter/NWSSanAntonio

Flooding at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has damaged the Air Traffic Control Tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, causing the FAA take contingency measures, according to a news release from the agency.

The FAA said the tower is providing “limited service” as damages are assessed. Meanwhile, Houston, normally the area’s high-altitude traffic controller, is providing radar separation for Austin.

Repairs “are likely to take some time to complete,” the FAA said, and the agency is looking into providing low-altitude radar capability from another air traffic control facility.

In the short term, the agency said a portable air traffic controlling is being brought in from Kansas City, and is slated to be up and running at some point Monday.

“For safety reasons,” the FAA increased spacing between aircraft arriving and departing Austin Bergstrom International Airport, which could cause delays at busy periods.

Austin fliers, check with your carriers regarding delays or cancellations. Adding together outbound and inbound flights for Saturday, is showing 58 cancellations and 69 delays for the airport.

It was a historic deluge that did the tower in and even closed the airfield for a time on Friday. Chelsea Andrews of FOX7WX tweeted that the airport eclipsed its old single-day rainfall record of 8.70 inches, set in 1974, with a whopping 14.99 inches.


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