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Abrams video showed water on the ground in the arrivals area of the terminal and the chaos as travelers attempted a mass exodus from the airport.

A plane being towed at New York's John F Kennedy Airport struck a Kuwait-bound airliner, prompting the flight to be cancelled.

JFK was one the parts of NY that saw record lows for January 7, including four degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.5 degrees Celsius).

The New York Port Authority said the problems are due to a surge in flights produced by the rescheduling of flights, WABC reported.

The continuing chaos at the airport drew harsh condemnation from Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat of NY, who called Sunday for "a thorough review" of the airport and the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey to find out what went wrong, especially since Thursday's storm had not come as a surprise. Around 2 p.m. a feeder pipe to the sprinkler system broke, most likely due to the cold weather.

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The airport on Twitter advised travelers to check with their airlines before arriving. Port Authority will be launching a full investigation to find out what happened.

A water main break led to a shutdown of worldwide flights into Terminal 4 on Sunday - the latest in a "cascading series" of problems that included delayed flights, stranded passengers and baggage pileups. 12 worldwide flights arrived during the time of the break - all have now been de-planed and processed through customs.

The flooding hit just as the airport was crawling back to normal after a winter storm labeled a "bomb cyclone" forced the airport to close on Thursday.

"These included frozen equipment breakdowns, difficulties in baggage handling, staff shortages, and heavier than typical passenger loads", the statement said.

When operations resumed on Friday, the backlog led to hundreds more delays or cancellations, crowding the terminals with stranded passengers.