Rising Sea Levels?: Municipal Airstrip Floods - 07/23/13 11:28 AM
Kenworth Tillett - Chairman, BAA
"We are having an unusual high tide and of course when we have extra ordinary high tides - the runway gets flooded. So we had to close the runway and we're on the process to try and clean up now and hope that we get the airport open in an hour or so."
"What is causing these phenomenally high tides?"
"Well the last time I thought it was Global Warming - the weather is unpredictable, I have no idea as to why; it's just high tide - higher than normal."
"But usually it occurs later in the year - this is unusual for it to occur now."
"Usually it occurs late October or mid September but this year it's just come earlier."
"We know that the municipal airstrip is being rebuilt - there's a major project. What will be done to ensure that this doesn't happen with the new airstrip?"
"Basically we're going to be raising the new airstrip at least 18 inches from where we have this one and we're going to be building a sea wall - a retaining wall to stop the wave action that is taking place."
The high tide – after tonight’s full is expected around ten am tomorrow – so if you’re catching a flight make it very early or around noon.