Yesterday’s bout of severe weather dropped more than 2 inches of rain and buried parts of the city in a blanket of white hail. All of it was too much for the City of Thornton’s Multipurpose Field which was submerged by the deluge and the city has announced that ThorntonFest has been cancelled.
“Even though the Saturday forecast calls for a nicer day, we must make the call now,” Thornton Community Services Executive Director Mike Soderberg said in a press release. “Attempting to host an event on fields this wet would result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage.”
The annual festival draws tens of thousands of visitors and is highly popular with residents. All related events have been cancelled as well with the exception being the Cottonwood Classic 5K. That event will still take place at 8:00am at the Thorncreek Shopping Center.
In the wake of the severe weather yesterday the city posted images of the fields submerged under water. Thornton has recorded 2.25 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and parts of the city saw hail reach depths of 3 to 4 inches.
“No one is more disappointed than our staff,” Soderberg said. “They work for hours preparing for these events and watched Wednesday as all of that work flowed down Grange Hall Creek.”