SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Private and commercial flights at the Santa Barbara Airport have been grounded as a result of major flooding during Friday's storm.
Santa Barbara Airport Director Hazel Johns confirmed the news Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service first reported the situation just before 4:30 p.m.
There is flooding at the last 1,000 feet of Runway 7, used for commercial flights, and serious flooding on the airfield according to Johns.
The Air Traffic Control tower is closed due to staffing issues related to the U.S. Highway 101 closure in Ventura County.
The private said of the airport is closed as well said Johns. Airport Department Staff do not expect to reopen the runway until tomorrow at the earliest.
Ticketed passengers are asked to contact their airlines to reschedule.
The Airport has also closed Norman Firestone Road, Dean Arnold Place, Burns Place, Cass Place, and Cecil Cook Place, affecting airport businesses and tenants. Additionally the Airport has closed one lane of Hollister Avenue in each direction between Los Carneros Way and Areo Camino.
The last time the airport was closed because of flooding was in 1998.