LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Heavy rains and flooding in and around Los Angeles International Airport Sunday were responsible for major delays for motorists trying to get in or out of the airport.
An airport official said commuters were delayed as much as an hour trying to navigate to the airport’s arrivals and departures gates.
Flooding in the south side of the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel just after 2 p.m. left about three to four feet of standing water in the tunnel making it impassible, according to Nancy Castles of the Los Angeles World Airports.
Around 8 p.m. city maintenance crews were able to start pumping most of the water out.
Castles said the clean-up effort was on going with a goal of making the area flood-free around 11 p.m. Sunday.
Castles advised motorists to add an extra 45 minutes to one hour to travel times as all other routes, including Century Boulevard, were trying to handle the overflow traffic.