Words by TSI’s Mike Mauger, All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

Well… I left Sunday morning and I tweeted that unfortunately I couldn’t stay for day 3 of Hudson Project. Now, I would like to retract my statement and say thank goodness I couldn’t stay for day 3. If you haven’t seen the pictures, yet, I recommend checking out the hashtags #HudsonProject and even better, #MudsonProject on twitter. Good reads, horrifying pictures.

Basically, the festival expected some rain and nasty weather and that’s exactly what they got. The Hudson Project was postponed around 4 or so and everyone was told to return to their cars for safety (or someone else’s car since most cars were parked off site). Then finally around 7:30 it was announced the event had been canceled for the rest of the evening/weekend.

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

Hudson Project Music Festival Monday 7/14

Hudson Project Music Festival Monday 7/14

It is not the fault of Hudson organizers that it rained and rained hard. I can understand their need to cancel the music. They can’t control mother nature. Could steps have been taken to prepare better? Maybe. Who knows?

Thousands are reportedly still stuck there and the Red Cross has been commissioned and has set up a shelter at a local ice rink where the festival will call and box office were originally located. However, that shelter is located off-site from the music venue where thousands camped.

Local news is reporting only a handful of tow-trucks are available to get cars out of the mud and unofficial reports are saying locals are trying to help but are being stopped because of contracts with towing companies. No confirmation of that as of now.

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

Locals helping campers get vehicles off Hudson Project grounds 7/14

I’m currently in contact with Mary Ann Wall, 21, who drove up for the festival from North Carolina. She says as of noon she has been stuck in the north lot for over 20 hours.

She claims they are not letting AAA or any locals into help. One company does have tractors onsite, but Wall says they are “bribing and prioritizing people for both drugs and money. Last night the majority of people were getting out for $200-$500”

“Pretty much,” Wall continued, “If you don’t have the money… there is no telling when you’re getting out of here.”

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

Festival goers desperately try to leave festival grounds at Hudson Project 7/14

Festival goers desperately try to leave festival grounds at Hudson Project 7/14

Food and water are finally being distributed but Wall claims many are walking to nearby diners and gas stations for food.

“Definitely hundreds, maybe thousands in this lot only” are stuck and there remains only one medical tent and all restroom facilities are overflowing, according to Wall.

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

After math of storms that hit the festival grounds during the Hudson Project music festival

After math of storms that hit the festival grounds during the Hudson Project music festival

James Nani, local reporter for the Times Herald-Record, is saying officials are counting over 1,000 people still stuck.

Nani has since been asked to leave by employees who cited safety concerns. You can follow his twitter feed here @JamesNani845

 

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record 

All photos by:  JAMES NANI/ Times Herald-Record