Part of New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which has been plagued by delays stranding thousands of passengers since Thursday’s “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm, was evacuated Sunday afternoon following a massive water main break.
The water main break led to a shutdown of international flights into Terminal 4. Passengers — many of whom posted photos and video on social media — were urged to contact their airlines for specific flight information, according to a tweet sent by the airport Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the water main break was unclear, but WABC-TV, citing sources, reported the flood was caused by “frozen standpipe main.”
VIDEO from JFK water main break. pic.twitter.com/FfW1RoEXfZ
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) January 7, 2018
Images from inside the terminal showed how part of the building looked like a lake, as workers could be seen trying to mop up the mess.
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) January 8, 2018
The country’s fifth busiest airport has suffered from a cascading series of woes since the winter storm’s snow and the frigid air that followed led to many flights being grounded, diverted or just canceled.
Images online showed a sea of unclaimed luggage and packed crowds of frustrated travelers unable to reach their destinations.
The problems were worsened when a plane arriving from China clipped the tail end of a Kuwait Airways 777, which damaged both aircraft and caused even more delays.
Some frustrated passengers have been waiting since Friday just to get out of New York City.