Weather chaos for festival fans

The Isle of Wight Festival is underway after heavy rains and mud caused traffic chaos among those attempting to get there. The festival's Big Top was also cleared during high winds.

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  1. Lewis Vaughan Jones

Bad weather disrupts summer events

Lewis Vaughan Jones reports on the flood alerts across large areas of England and Wales, amid predictions of another deluge. The bad weather has already forced the Olympic Torch Relay evening event to take shelter indoors.

Also, not for the first time this summer rain stopped play at the cricket - England v West Indies at Headingley and on the Isle of Wight, thousands of festival-goers were stranded in their cars by a sea of mud.

Isle of Wight festival turns into mudbath as rain batters Britain

Festival-goers brave the mud and high winds at the Isle of Wight festival. Credit: PA

Large parts of England and Wales are on flood alert after a month's worth of rain was predicted to fall in just 24 hours.

The deluge is expected to batter the north west of England with heavy rain and high winds lasting until Sunday, experts warn.

The news comes as a one-day cricket match was cancelled and hundreds of music fans were forced to sleep in their cars in traffic which became gridlocked as the rain turned the Isle of Wight festival into a mudbath.

The North East, North West, Wales, and South West will bear the brunt of the adverse weather, with several flood alerts already in place and more predicted.

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British Red Cross aids injured at Isle of Wight festival

Red Cross teams of staff and volunteers have been out responding to the disruptions caused by the wet weather at the festival.

We...have been attending to first aid incidents helping the injured within the festival area itself.

Our event first aid teams are on hand to assist people and are primarily based in the Strawberry Fields and Big Top area of the site, as well as being on foot patrol and on call to support other emergency services across the camp.

– Donna Taylor, senior emergency response and planning officer at the British Red Cross

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Isle of Wight Festival-goers brave the elements

Festival-goers at the Newport campsite. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Thursday's heavy rainfall water-logged the event's facilities. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
An estimated 150,000-250,000 people are expected to attend the Festival. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

'Significant delays' still expected for Isle of Wight revellers

Hampshire Police said in a statement that they still expect "significant delays" for Isle of Wight Festival revellers today:

More car parks are open around the Seaclose Park site but IW Festival goers and residents are advised to still expect significant delays today. The festival’s emergency liaison team is working closely together to explore other options to reduce traffic queues and minimise disruption as soon as possible.

These options include opening other car parks across the island. Our priority is to clear existing traffic on the island and provide more welfare and refreshments to motorists in queues. Some motorists remain parked at Newport football club. More updates will follow.

– Hampshire Constabulary
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