Fort Lauderdale Flooding Forces Closure of Airport: Impacts of Extreme Weather on Critical Infrastructure

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida experienced severe flooding
  • The flooding caused flash flooding and disrupted the city’s operations

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, experienced severe flooding on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, which forced the closure of the city’s airport for several hours. The heavy rainfall resulted in flash flooding that disrupted the city’s operations, including transportation.

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport was forced to halt all arriving and departing flight activity shortly after 3 p.m., leaving travelers stranded on roadways around the airport. The facility was closed temporarily due to the heavy rain and windy conditions that were experienced in the area.

The airport remained closed overnight and was set to reopen at noon on Thursday, April 13. The airport’s roadways were still closed and impacted by flooding, with the main exit artery congested with slow-moving traffic. The airport requested the public’s patience as it worked to safely assess the impact of the unprecedented rainfall and restore airport operations when it was safe to do so.

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