Heavy rain floods air traffic control tower at Austin Bergstrom International Airport

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Air Traffic Control duties for Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the surrounding area had to be handed off to a Houston center after flooding on the ground floor of the control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control flooded with six inches of water Friday.

Flooding inside ABIA's Air Traffic Control Center (Courtesy: Dan Rodriguez)
Flooding inside ABIA’s Air Traffic Control Center (Courtesy: Dan Rodriguez)

The FAA is evaluating the damage to the facility and hopes to begin providing control tower services ASAP. The Houston Center will provide radar separation services for aircraft in the interim.

A temporary tower is being brought in from Kansas City and is expected to arrive late Saturday. It is expected to be up and running by Monday.

Flights in and out of ABIA may be delayed as the FAA plans to increase spacing between aircraft.

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