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BY MARY GARRISON
LOWNDES COUNTY â€” The Golden Triangle Regional Airport had its share of plumbing issues Sunday, as a pipe disconnected amidst thunderstorms and left the terminal soaking wet.
According to Robin McCormick, West Point-Clay County representative on the GTRA Board of Directors, about 8:15 p.m. a drain pipe connected to the roof drain in the terminal â€śbroke free,â€ť causing rain from the roof to dump into the terminal. McCormick said the issue stemmed from a loose clamp that held the pipe in place to the drain.
While one flight scheduled to land at 7:25 p.m. at GTRA was diverted to Birmingham, Ala., McCormick said the two incidents were unrelated.
â€śThe flight was diverted to Birmingham last night for weather,â€ť McCormick said. â€śIt showed up just as the worst of the thunderstorms hit. It had nothing to do with the pipes.â€ť
McCormick said the flight was the only one scheduled to have been redirected.
While a little wet, operations resumed as normal Monday. McCormick said Graham Roofing repaired the disconnected pipe, and as of 10:30 a.m. Monday the terminal was drying out and fully operational.
Starkville representative Frank Chiles said airport staff responded to the issue and quickly resolved the issue.
â€śWeâ€™re up and going now,â€ť Chiles said. â€śWe donâ€™t have any problems on boarding. Weâ€™re sending out three flights (Monday) that total about 150 people. We donâ€™t stay down for long.â€ť
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