Escambia County Pensacola

City issues a press release on airport flooding

January 9, 2014

At approximately 3:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Pensacola International Airport experienced a break in a water line that feeds the terminal fire sprinkler system. The pipe located in the ceiling, flooded areas of the concourse between Gates 3 – 6.

Airport staff responded immediately ensuring customer safety. This event took place during a lull in flight schedules with only a few flights being delayed approximately 20 minutes. No flights were cancelled. Repairs to remediate the area are in process and all flights are on schedule.

The area was reopened later in the evening before the evening bank of arrivals and normal operations began today. Please contact your airline for particular flight status or visit our Website at for live arrival information.

Good press release, very informative. The citizens need to know was the problem a design or maintenance issue. What is the city’s checklist for freezes? Did the airport personnel follow their procedures?

When I contacted the county about the Tyron Library, they explained the issue with its water supply was due to failing to cover a section of the piping. The county was not familiar with the building of which they had only recently taken control.

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  • jeeperman January 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Heat raises, thus freeze breaks in the ceiling are rare.

    In the video on PNJ you can hear the fire alarm sounding.
    Thus the FD was automatically dispatched.
    (fire alarm due to low water pressure sensors in the sprinkler lines).

  • alteregotodd January 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

    What was the total loss to the city and airport associated businesses for direct damage as a result of this event item, and what additional expenditures will be required to replace/repair damaged furnishings, finishes, etc.?
    What branding image damage occurred as a result of the news release showing passengers gaping at gushing water? Any cost associated with repair of said image?
    Were local or national contractors called in to repair/replace and were they msbda certified :) Who is responsible for oversight of these types of issues, where were they before during and after abnormal cold spell period. what is their pay, who is there supervisor?
    Any record of discussion relevant this possible scenario anywhere in maintenance, sustainability, safety??
    Who is city safety officer?

  • Jeff January 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Justin & Amanda could be Derek and his girlfriend…

    Do all politicians require cover from sycophants or just insecure underwear model c****lds?

    Of course they all do–we just rely on people to expose the BS.

    If you object to BS being exposed, then you vote for the status quo–which sucks. The status quo is why this city/metro area is a laughingstock backwater.

    I don’t care who exposes the truth, even if I don’t agree with them personally.

    Truth to power.

  • CJ Lewis January 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    This issue seems more important than because the “water line feeds the terminal sprinkler system” – the water line feeds the “terminal [fire] sprinkler system.” If this is a design problem, what other water lines feeding the terminal fire sprinkler system are at risk? Is this the only water line feeding the terminal fire sprinkler system or are their redundancies in the fire protection system? Why did the water line break? Did it spring a leak? It seems unlikely that something in the water line froze at 3:40 pm.

    If a maintenance issue, who is responsible for checking the Airport Terminal sprinkler system, the Pensacola Fire Department’s understaffed Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Facility or a private contractor? As a safety issue, I assume the break in the water line meant that there was no fire protection in all or part of the terminal? Yes/No/Maybe? What is the procedure if the fire protection system inside the terminal becomes inoperative? Does the Pensacola Fire Department have an emergency action plan to provide an interim capability on-site inside the terminal in case there is a fire? Does the terminal sprinkler system work now? Looking forward to the follow-up report.

  • Justin January 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    The citizens need to know? I don’t know anyone who cares…

    • Rick Outzen January 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Unless you are at the airport