When Superstorm Sandy hit New York and caused flooding at LaGuardia Airport, officials further north paid close attention.
Boston’s Logan Airport is surrounded on three sides by water, so flooding has always been a concern during major storms. But after witnessing what happened in New York, the Massachusetts Port Authority ramped up its efforts to prepare for more extreme weather and rising seas.”When Click To Tweet
And that means considering more than how to get excess water off runways – it also means protecting critical facilities, computers, and lighting systems.
Logan Airport’s new climate change resiliency plan includes emergency fuel pumps and flood barriers – four-foot tall panels that are easily installed to protect critical infrastructure.
And in new buildings, electrical panels and heating and cooling systems are now installed above the maximum flood elevation for protection.
Massport CEO Thomas Glynn says it’s important to plan ahead, since a functioning airport can be vital during a crisis. For instance, in an emergency, Logan could be where the Red Cross or the National Guard needs to fly in…
Glynn: “It is a very, very important facility, and so we feel that we have an extra obligation to make sure that we have an aggressive resiliency strategy.”
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