WEST BAY, Fla. (AP) - Officials are trying to figure out who will pay for $2 million in flood damage to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.
Some 16 inches of rain fell on the airport near Panama City Beach in late April. During a meeting on Wednesday, the airport board agreed to spend $137,500 for emergency repairs. They're still waiting on an emergency declaration form the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would free up federal funds for damage repairs.
The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/RFpqTe ) reports there was no structural damage to the airports buildings.
The flooding caused significant damage to the grounds, which will require fill dirt and turf reinforcement, said the airport's executive director, Parker McClellan.
McClellan said there are more than 20 sites that will need some kind of repair.
Airport officials are working with the Florida Department of Transportation to improve road conditions near the airport's entrance. The area flooded during the storm on April 30.
The rain also damaged State Road 388, which is the only road leading to the airport.
"If people can't get here, it doesn't matter what we're doing," McClellan said. He said that airport staff kept one lane open during the flooding and escorted cars through the flood waters. "We were able to maintain keeping the airport open even with this quantity of water. It was a team effort."
Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com
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