Aspen airport cleans up after deluge leads to flooding
July 19, 2011
ASPEN – The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport terminal was back open for business Tuesday, after water pouring into the building during Monday afternoon’s torrential downpour forced a halt to operations and the cancellation of three commercial flights, according to Jim Elwood, aviation director.
In addition, debris accumulated on the aircraft ramp outside, which needed to be cleared away.
Personnel worked through the night to extract water from carpeting in the terminal and fans were blowing Tuesday morning, but the airport was back in service by the start of Tuesday’s flight activities, Elwood said.
“It actually floods once or twice a year – this one was a little more than most,” he said.
The deluge left 3 to 5 inches of standing water on the runway side of the building and perhaps 2 inches of standing water in some spots inside the terminal, according to Elwood. The Transportation Security Administration had to cease operations because of the problems posed by water to the agency’s electronic security equipment.
The TSA screening area is located within an area of the terminal with a sloping floor and water was coursing down that ramp, according to Elwood.
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The terminal was intentionally constructed at a low point to keep its impacts on views to a minimum, but the slope from the area where aircraft park outside toward the building is considerable, and water entered the building through doorways, he said.