Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
As of 9 PM CDT, MSY had received 6.42 inches of rain on Sunday, due to a very slow moving low pressure system in the midwest. My subdivision (about 3 miles northwest of MSY) received over 8 inches, and it is still raining outside. Many streets north of the airport (between MSY and Lake Pontchartrain) in Kenner were flooded, and numerous cars had been abandoned in the medians. Having our van with me today proved advantageous, as we made it around OK, although winding our way around the flooded streets as we went along.
I wasn't at work today, so I haven't heard how things at the airport went. I imagine there were some delays, and perhaps some ground stops, as well, seeing as there were numerous severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the day. If anyone knows of any diversions or cancellations, post 'em here.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3375 times:
Couple of weeks ago, my wife and I flew into NEW (Lakefront) for Easter weekend (celebrate 21 years of wedded bliss, actually). NEW's a nice airport, though the 'hood around it was a bit... umm... interesting?
Anyhoo, I noticed as we left the FBO (AviJet, nice folks), we drove through what were quite obviously flood walls, gaps in large solid walls with massive wheeled gates which could be closed. I presume that they were there in order to protect the airport in the event of flooding conditions. Am I correct?
More to the point, how much rain is enough that such measures are required? Seems to me that it would almost take hurricane conditions (i.e., a storm surge in the Gulf waters) to flood the majority of the airport.
You got one helluva town there, we are always made to feel welcome, even the hangovers seem less of a problem in NOLA. Weather was great while we were there, of course, turning on us only when it was time to take off and fly home! Could not fly over to Houston to retrieve 9-year-old offspring from relatives because of thunderboomers, so we just filed IFR and flew straight home to Dallas, and left his return in the capable hands of Southwest Airlines.
Oops, off topic.
New Orleans. My kind of town.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3279 times:
Those flood walls are closed when a tropical system approaches the city. You'll see them up and down the entire lakefront as well as on both sides of the Mississippi River. Since the city is basically a bid umbrella turned upside down (ie, one big bowl), it doesn't take much to get the streets flooded. The real problem with the hurricanes is the storm surge. The levee system around the city can protect the city from a category 1,2,or 3 storm. If a 4 or a 5 give us a direct hit (straight up the mouth of the Mississippi River is the worst case scenario), there will be trouble. Massive flooding goes without question.
Yesterday was interesting to say the least. We had a four hour flight delay...airport was closed for awhile due to lightning and winds...it looked like the apocalypse. I haven't seen rain that hard in several years at least. The winds seemed to be gusting to about 50/60 knots at times. And the lightning...well, it was one heck of a show. Tom, you missed all the fun!
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2902 times:
Deltaffindfw, attendance was about 150,000 for the first weekend of JazzFest, down slightly from last year due to the rain. Amazingly, some 40,000 people were at the fest yesterday during the monsoon. The show must go on! Enjoy Jazz Fest next weekend!!!
Qqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2294 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
I worked AA 1827 from STL to MSY on Sunday, and the return, flight 456 to STL. We got in fine, turned around and off the gate on time, but it took about 35 minutes to get airborn. While sitting there, the rain was pounding our MD-80... Inside, it sounded quite dramatic. I guess we got out just in time though... there was no lightning/thunder when we were there.
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