WICHITA, Kansas – Dried out and barely a river. A few months ago the Arkansas was known as the river you could walk on, but now raging currents continue to flow downstream hitting some areas hard, and others like the city of Mulvane dodging its wrath.
“The Arkansas River is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s taking the water by us and doing a very good job,” said Kent Hixson, Mulvane City Administrator. “It’s a mixed blessing. We need the rain. We’re glad to have it, and I only wish the best for people who’ve actually sustained damage.”
Damage is what they are seeing downstream.
Water overflowing from the Walnut River still covers part of the Winfield Fairground.
It is putting a damper on the Walnut Valley Festival just three weeks before people start staking their claim for places to stay.
“It is just really muddy down there, and we didn’t want to tear up the ground and have to work all that over and get ready for the festival,” said Rex Flottman, one of the coordinators for the festival.
Between 13,000 to 15,000 people are expected to take over the campgrounds.
Officials pushed back the time campers and music lovers can arrive until August 29th.
That’ll have an economic impact on Winfield.
“The city will lose a week of revenue from the camping and electric fees that they would be receiving,” said Flottman.
Flottman asks that people bear with them at this time, since the weather is out of their control.