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...