Lubbock experienced heavy, blowing rain and flooding on Sunday afternoon, prompting the cancellation of the 4th on Broadway re-do concert at Mackenzie Park.
But the Reagor Dykes Fireworks Extravaganza went off as planned at 10 p.m., according to Colee Orf, executive director for 4th on Broadway.
“You can never really prepare fully for the weather,” Orf said.
She said the storm hit so fast when the crew was already prepared for the sound check on the stage.
“The equipment was out already, and that’s why a lot of it kind of got damaged,” Orf said. “We’re still trying to assess the damage all out.”
“The storms sweeping across the city stabilized the area,” he said. “For the most part, as long as we see stable enough and don’t see the sun peek out in the next few hours, we should be OK.”
The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport total rainfall was 1.76 inches, said Ziebell.
He said storms were more scattered elsewhere in the city.
“The fortunate thing is we got those storms out of the way early enough,” Ziebell said. “It looks like we dodged a bullet for now.”
The official forecast is still some lingering chances for storms, mostly for Monday aftrernoon. Highs will still be in the lower 90s, according to the Weather Service.
Orf said 4th on Broadway is potentially trying to get a venue for the concert in the next few days to be able to pull it off, but it was still up in the air as of Sunday evening.
Certain areas of Mackenzie Park were still flooded, but fireworks-goers could show up to Broadway Avenue.
The entrances into Mackenzie Park at Canyon Lakes Drive, Cesar Chavez and at Joyland and Cesar Chavez were closed to vehicular traffic, but the park was open to foot traffic.
Although stage equipment was damaged, 4th on Broadway organizers said just after 8 p.m. that the main front house speakers in Mackenzie Park were back up and running. Organizers played pre-recorded music on the speakers for the Reagor Dykes Mitsubishi Fireworks Extravaganza.
“If people are in their car, (the music is) broadcast on 93.7 The Eagle,” Orf said. “The music that the fireworks show is choreographed so you can tune into that and enjoy the fireworks show from your car.”
Portions of the 4th on Broadway celebrations on July 4, including some of the concerts and fireworks, were cancelled due to severe storms.
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