Flooding Shuts Down Milwaukee Airport

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If you’ve been planning a trip thru Milwaukee, you may want to consider re-routing.

Due to severe thunderstorms in southern Wisconsin, Milwaukee-General Mitchell International airport was closed last night around 9:30 P.M.

Officials determined conditions were too dangerous for the airport to remain open.  Heavy rain accompanied the storms flooding tarmacs and surrounding roads.  The area saw up to seven-and-a-half inches of rain in just two hours, and the National Weather Service received reports of tornadoes, at which point all air traffic controllers were evacuated from their towers. Not exactly the ideal variables for a safe takeoff.

Spokeswoman Pat Rowe didn’t immediately give a time for the airport to reopen.  As Rowe puts it, “there aren’t a whole lot of places where we can push the water”. (via USA Today. Video via Chicago Tribune.)

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