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Event Organizers Plan for Severe Weather

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Summer event season is in full swing in the Quad City area. And as the events go on, so does severe weather.

Event organizers must plan for any possible weather conditions. Burlington Steamboat Days President and Des Moines County Sheriff, Mike Johnson, said organizers run through exercises with emergency management crews.

"We think of all possible scenarios that could happen at Steamboat Days," he said.

The planning came in handy Saturday night when high winds and lightning forced musician Kid Rock to delay taking the stage for several hours.

The event's Facebook page was full of comments from the concert-goers who were confused about the delay... many of them weren't sure if it was a delay or a cancellation. 

Johnstone said organizers always plan for severe weather, but their plan only carries so much weight.

"The performers don't really want to say whether they're coming on," Sheriff Johnstone said. "They don't want to talk about it because what they don't want to do is say there's a rain delay...we'll be on later...then they're not."

Johnstone said about 8,600 people waited out the cold, the rain and the wind and stayed for the concert. However, thousands of others left.  

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