I was at the Tracy/Jim performance when they said they would take a break, and at that time I turned my chair on it’s side and ran to the merchandise tent. I stayed there, with the water getting deeper and deeper, until we were told that we should go to our cars but not try to drive anywhere. I did just that, but was disappointed that many people did try to leave, many of them having problems getting stuck in the mud.
I was disappointed with the people who tried to drive away, realizing there was a reason we were told to stay put. A car getting stuck in the wrong place could block an emergency vehicle from entering or leaving. Fortunately it wasn’t needed, but had the ambulance needed to get get someone to the hospital quickly, a stuck car blocking it’s way could have spelled disaster. We need to be more patient in an emergency situation, and realize that we are given instructions for a reason.
Anyway, I waited in my car for a while, and then went back to retrieve my chair, which to my surprise was still where I left it. I finally left the grounds when someone told me that the rest of the festival and been officially canceled.
I made my way to the Mass pike by going thru Great Barrington and the like, and then the traffic was so bad that it took over three hours to get from Lee to Worcester, which normally would take less than half that time. When I finally got home around 9 PM I found out there had been a major tornado here in New Hampshire, though substantially north of me.
One suggestion I have for dealing with if anything like this ever happens again is to have a way to keep the 97.5 radio signal on the air (emergency power), so that it can be used to keep the people waiting in their cars informed of the situation.
Lake Wobegone, NH