Floods hit Isle of Wight Festival site

Rain is set to continue throughout the weekend

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Floods have hit the Isle Of Wight Festival site.

The main car park for this weekend's event has become waterlogged, leading to traffic congestion, meaning that ferry operators Wightlink are having difficulty discharging passengers, according to BBC News. Bus services have also been affected.

As traffic grew, local police were forced to escort some motorists stuck in traffic to Newport Football Club where shelter and refreshments were provided overnight. Some were also forced to sleep in their cars as traffic gridlock hit the island.

Festival organiser John Giddings apologised to those stuck in traffic and urged people "don't give up on us".

He said: "We did everything within our power but as soon as that 24 hour rain came down it became horrendous. I'm really very sorry, I can only apologise, I know there's a couple of hundred still out there. It's going to be a great weekend, don't give up on us."

Heavy rain and strong winds hit the site this morning, with the rain predicted to continue throughout the weekend and with temperatures reaching a high of 16C. The festival, which will be headlined by Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, officially kicks off tomorrow (June 22) and runs until Sunday.

Elbow, Example, Lana Del Rey, Noah And The Whale, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Vaccines will also play the event.

For more information about the festival, see Isleofwightfestival.com.
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