Music festival becomes large muddy mess

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Updated: 7/14 10:57 pm

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – After a music festival, multiple cars were stuck in the mud.

A large, muddy mess was left behind at Winston Farm where the Hudson River Project Music Festival was held.

“Cars got stuck,” volunteer Jesse Long said. “South Lot ended up turning into a lake.”

Long said 25,000 people came to the festival, and when it was cancelled on the last day because of severe weather, everyone tried to leave at once.

“They can’t really do anything else. It’s up to the people if they want to leave,” Long said. “And, yeah, cars were getting stuck. You can’t get everyone out at the same time.”

“We saw people on floats going down,” festival attendee Elyse Greenough said. “Three feet wide water everywhere.”

Greenough was able to get her car pulled out Monday, but it came with a price tag.

“I just had to pay $100 to get my car out after paying for the festival and losing out on a day,” she said.

State Police brought in tractors, bulldozers and tow trucks to move vehicles in and out. They said they worked with organizers to hand it the best way possible.

“We were able to effectively move people out safely, and those who were stuck, we established a shelter for them,” Capt. Robert Nuzzo of the New York State Police said.

But Greenough said inside the venue was a different story.

“Nobody had any idea what was going on unfortunately,” she said.

Now police said the issue is finding the owners of the remaining cars, cleaning up the mess left behind and securing the area.

“It’s an extremely dangerous situation,” Nuzzo said. “Risk of falling water. No one should be in there.”

Police said there will be extra patrols around the area as clean up continues.

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