Severe Weather Havens at the River Festival

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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What happens if you're out on the town enjoying the River Festival and severe weather hits?

With hundreds of thousands of festival goers each year, there are plans in place to protect you.

Water is a hot commodity at the river run in Wichita, but rain is not something that's good for the River Festival.

"If it's just misting they'll stay. If it's the downpour, they send people home," River Festival President Janet Wright said.

Wright keeps in touch with meteorologists. But, if the rains come down and festival goers have to run for cover, Century II is the designated shelter for really bad weather.

Festival volunteers are the ones to get the word out, when skies threaten.

If it does rain, as long as it's not severe, Kansans will stay and have a good time; and River Festival coordinators say they check the weather every half hour, more often if it looks threatening.

Festival organizers hope drinking fountains give off the only water for the next week.

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