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Joe Forrest, known as “Uncle Joe,” arranges the horses at the carousel at the Thunder on Water carnival on Wednesday.

 

Ed Jones of Bay Springs (left) and Kevin McClain of Grenada hide from the rain while setting up the Sea Dragon ride at the Thunder on Water carnival Wednesday morning.

Staff Photo / Galen Holley

 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

    The sky will be ablaze tonight with fireworks, to the tune of $25,000, as Thunder on Water charges ahead despite torrential rainfall this week.
    Festivities were pushed back one day due to heavy rains that fell on the Lake City, but organizers say the good times are still on tap.
    “We’re up and going and people are having a great time,” said event chairperson Wanda Roche.
    After a Wednesday morning meeting, organizers decided to start the carnival on Thursday, rather than Wednesday, because the water in the Grenada Lake Spillway was too high.
    After torrential rainfall for almost a week straight, the water at the spillway, where the carnival is staged, rose so high that the rocks that flank it on either side were completely covered, along with the guardrails that lead down the concrete steps.
    Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Artie Hoff said that the lake level on Saturday was 214.49 feet, and by Wednesday it had risen to 216.20. That’s a more than a foot over its normal level.
Grenada has received nearly seven inches of rain in June, and, according Hoff, even before 1.41 inches fell Tuesday night, the lake was expected to crest at 317 feet by June 17.
    The only Thunder event that had to be delayed was the opening night of the carnival. All the other events will continue as scheduled.
    On Sunday the Thunder carnival will stay open another hour after it was scheduled to close, until 9 p.m., to accommodate guests.
    “We invite everyone to have a great time and, despite the weather, we should have a fun-filled event,” said Gene Doles with Rebel Amusement.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.


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