FAIRBANK, Alaska (AP) â€” High water forced the cancellation of the Red Green Regatta in Fairbanks over the weekend, with the pleasant moved off the water & into a parking lot.
Participants, who build floats from recycled materials & a required minimum of one roll of duct tape, had been warned last week to plan for less clearance under bridges than in the past & to consider adjustments for tall boats. The main concern was with the low hang of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which only allowed for several feet of clearance in the days leading to Sunday's scheduled regatta.
Gretchen Gordon, assistant general manager at KUAC, which sponsored the event, said organizers went over their options, including possibly changing the route or pushing the regatta back. But she said a suitable alternative route could not be found & they were skeptical they'd be able to run the event in the next few weeks given how rainy the summer has been.
p>Water levels on the Chena River peaked between Thursday & Friday before beginning to fall, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1nb08sw ). A forecast earlier in the week had estimated the river would fall between 5 feet & 6 feet by Sunday. It was 5.7 feet by noon on Sunday.
In the end, the event was moved off the water, & into a parking lot, where entries were judged.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com
Source: “Associated Press”