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Mean Fiddler boss Melvyn Benn
Has flood affected the Reading Festival?
Following the floods that hit Berkshire on Friday 20 July, how will this affect the Reading Festival site? We speak to festival organiser Melvyn Benn from Mean Fiddler.
There have been many muddy days enjoyed at the Reading Festival in past years, but the recent flash floods that hit Berkshire on Friday 20 July has turned parts of the site into a lake.
Mean Fiddler boss and Reading Festival organiser Melvyn Benn told BBC Radio Berkshire:
"It's very wet down there at the moment and in fact there's a good deal of it that is part of the river Thames at the moment rather than adjacent to it."
Getting stuck in the mud
The festival site, off Richfield Avenue in an area called on Little John's Farm, is built on a flood plain, leaving many to wonder whether the festival could go ahead at all.
But the good news is that the weather is set to improve.
"I've had really positive reports from the Environment Agency telling me that the river really will have dropped within the next five days in the Reading area," says Melvyn.
"The MET office have told me that August is going to be hotter than most Augusts than we've seen previously.
He adds: "The water levels on the site of the areas that are flooded have dropped three inches overnight and are continuing to drop today and tomorrow - albeit we're looking at some heavy rain on Sunday."
Reading: take chairs and lots of beer.
As well as the water level dropping, the site also needs a chance to dry out before being stomped on by thousands of festival-goers.
But Melvyn has a contingency plan:
"There's actually quite a large area of the site that isn't wet at all - remarkably. The main arena for instance is completely dry.
"There are areas that we used for car parking that are completely dry that could take a huge amount of the lost land.
"What I would do is just re-organise the car parking and the camping so that I used all the dry lands for the camping and I'd have to do some more off-site parking and ferry people around."
last updated: 27/07/07
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