Chaos at JFK airport with flood, storm backlog

JFK Airport's slow response contributes to epic meltdown

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A worker attempts to remove water following a water main break in the arrivals area of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, U.S. January 7, 2018.

There was more misery for those trying to get through JFK Airport in New York Sunday as a water main break forced the closure of Terminal 4 and took with it 38 gates, majority used for global flights.

There were about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of water inside the west end of Terminal 4, Scott Ladd, a spokesman for the Port Authority, said in an email.

Terminal 4 is a major hub for worldwide travel at JFK airport.

"These challenges left passengers on planes for extensive periods, as the airlines and terminal operators experienced delays in getting aircraft in and out of gates", the statement added.

"I am so angry, words can not even express how I feel right now", one stranded female traveler told NBC television before the water leak.

The New York Port Authority said the problems are due to a surge in flights produced by the rescheduling of flights, WABC reported.

Passengers on Kuwait Airways flight 118 were taken to hotels and alternative routes for them will be planned, NBC New York reports. Flights later resumed but with delays, it said.

"We love NY, but now we are stuck here". It's now 11pm and we've just been told we won't get our baggage tonight.

The big freeze follows a storm Thursday dubbed a "bomb cyclone", which has been blamed for at least 22 reported deaths in the United States.

MA marked three record lows on Sunday, with Providence and Worcester frozen at minus two and minus seven respectively, breaking records last set in 1912 and 1942, the National Weather Service said.

Bitter cold is also disabling equipment on the tarmac. In Canada, temperatures approaching minus 50 degrees Celsius were forecast in northern Ontario, Montreal and Quebec.

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