ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Concourse C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was closed for several hours Monday after a water pipe burst early that morning, leading to some flooding in parts of the concourse.
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said the incident happened around 6:50 a.m. in the ceiling area above Gate C2. She said passengers were in the impacted area when the issue happened, and they all got out quickly.
Hamm-Niebruegge said crews shut off the water minutes later, but there was still about three inches of standing water in the concourse, shutting down Gates C2 through C12. American Airlines was the main carrier affected.
Hamm-Niebruegge said there were some minor delays for a time because officials had to reshuffle gates based on where there was standing water. Fortunately, there were no flight cancellations because of the flooding.
She attributed the broken pipe to aging infrastructure in an older terminal. Crews will evaluate the concourse area where the flooding happened to make sure there is no residual damage or mold issues.
Airport workers spent the morning busing passengers from Gate C2 to C28 or whatever part of the concourse is the most convenient drop-off point for passengers. We’re told that to board buses, passengers had to go outside the concourse onto the tarmac, where they were then bussed to other parts of the concourse.
No injuries were reported.
Concourse C was reopened to travelers by 1:45 p.m. Monday.