Airport Advisory Board Meeting, December 8, 2015
Interim Director of Aviation Sesha S. Vorrey included in his Director's Report at the Airport Advisory Board Meeting details about the effects on the airport of the record-breaking rain of October 30, 2015.
The National Weather Service reported that 6.55 inches of rain fell that day at the South Padre Island/Brownsville International Airport, nearly matching the 6.68 inches that fell during Hurricane Dolly. As much as five feet of water flooded Brownsville's infamous Four Corners, with areas in Southmost having depths of over three feet.
Flooding at the airport was not as dramatic, but did interfere with some flights October 30 and 31. Mr. Vorrey showed slides of accumulations of 4" at the jet bridge, 7" at Gates 3 and 4, 6" at the main entrance and the HPA.
"Didn't we spend millions of dollars less than five years ago to totally upgrade our drainage?" asked board member Chris Hughston. "We were told at the time we would be set for a 100 year storm."
Vorrey explained that the improvements all worked, the detention ponds, along with the pumps and generators. What could not be contained was the water flooding in from the surrounding city, particularly Boca Chica Blvd.
|Board President Manuel Alcocer Presenting Award|
to John Chosy
On a more positive note, Vorrey detailed several projects looming in the future, including a runway extension.
Recently retired Assistant City Attorney John Chosy was presented with a service award for his seven years on the Airport Advisory Board.