Lubbock Airport Dealing with Leaks after Recent Rains

Published 07/16 2014 05:28PM

Updated 07/16 2014 10:26PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is dealing with a few leaks after the recent rains, but they say they're working to fix it.

Passengers traveling through the airport in the last day or so may have seen some buckets lining the area near Gates 5 and 7, near where you board a plane. Those buckets were there to catch water that was coming through.

Director at the Airport, Kelly Campbell, said it's a problem they know about. Back in 2012, she said the airport had about $400,000 worth of work done in repairs.

She said this was the first year the repairs have been tested because of the drought.

"A couple of weeks ago, we had a big rain, probably the heaviest we've had during that time here at the airport, and we started having leaks again," Campbell said. "And so, we've called out the engineers that worked on that project and we've called out a roofing company."

They have had someone look at the roof and the area to see what kind of repairs may need to be done, but they did not have an exact idea just yet on the scale.

"In this case, it's definitely something we want to address as quickly as possible," Campbell said. "Gate 7 and Gate 5, that's carpeted and we can section that area off, so that it's not a danger to our passengers."

She said the water leaking should have a minor impact on passengers.

"It does affect some of the seating areas, and so it might move them to a different gate area, or the restaurant area, but we'll section that out so the people aren't getting wet, and there's not a slip and fall hazard, and shouldn't affect them otherwise," Campbell said..

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