The National Weather Service reports that 7.86 inches of rain fell yesterday at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, surpassing the record 4.50 inches that the airport saw on that same date in 2005 when the city was facing Katrina.
During Katrina, the airport, located in Kenner, Louisiana, escaped the massive damage that befell the city. In 2005 The New York Times' Sewell Chan reported that "the main airline terminal, which dates to 1959, was barely damaged, and power and electricity were restored within four days." At the time of writing, the airport was "home to nearly 5,000 soldiers and airmen and a medical triage center that the Army is converting into a field hospital."
All commercial flights out of the airport today were canceled as its power had been cut off in the storm.
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