Water Main Break At JFK Airport Causes Flood, Soaks Baggage Claim Area

Passengers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Terminal 4 wait for flights Monday Jan. 8 2018. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday it will investigate the water pipe break that added to the weather-related delays at Kennedy

A water main break in one of the terminals at New York's Kennedy Airport on Sunday added to the delays at the beleaguered airport, which is trying to recover from the aftermath of a snowstorm that has stranded thousands of passengers.

The eastern United States and Canada shivered under record-breaking low temperatures Saturday as Arctic blasts followed a deadly winter storm that left airports struggling to cope with the backlog of flights.

The Port Authority told the Daily News that much of the chaos is affecting the global terminal and Terminal 4. The flooding took out two thirds of the arrivals area of Terminal 4, including customs and immigration processing facility.

It was unclear what caused the water problem, which sent about 3 inches of water into the terminal's west end.

The break happened in Terminal Four, which is a main global hub for the airport serving mainly Delta Airlines.


But tempers have flared among furious travellers, forced to sleep on the floor of terminals, with others stranded on planes for hours waiting to access a gate and massive delays in baggage claim.

CBS New York reports that no injuries were reported as authorities worked to isolate the broken main.

"We're exhausted", he said. "Passengers are urged to contact their airlines for specific flight information", the airport said on Twitter. "We're frustrated. We didn't get any sleep and we still don't know where our bags are". 12 worldwide flights arrived during the time of the break - all have now been de-planed and processed through customs.

JFK was one the parts of NY that saw record lows for January 7, including four degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.5 degrees Celsius).

Bitter cold is also disabling equipment on the tarmac.

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