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7/14/2012 9:50:00 PM
Storm disruption minor
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierClouds float past Thumb Butte after a rainstorm Saturday morning in Prescott.
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Clouds float past Thumb Butte after a rainstorm Saturday morning in Prescott.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierLee Gibson and his grandson Noah, 9, protect themselves from the rain Saturday afternoon during the third annual Firefighters’ Charities Luau on Goodwin Street in Prescott.
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Lee Gibson and his grandson Noah, 9, protect themselves from the rain Saturday afternoon during the third annual Firefighters’ Charities Luau on Goodwin Street in Prescott.
The Daily Courier

The weekend storm caused only minor disruption for residents in the tri-city area and did not put a damper on outdoor events Saturday.

However, a flash flood warning remained in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service reported. NWS predicted an extremely moist and unstable air mass throughout Arizona would trigger storms that would dump up to 2 inches of rain per hour.

Police and law enforcement agencies did not report any weather-related accidents Saturday.

The Prescott Streets Department closed Lincoln Street at the Grove Avenue low-water crossing Friday afternoon, Prescott Police Sgt. Jason Small said.

"We've had cars in the past stalled in the middle of the water," he said.

The rain did not hurt attendance Saturday at the Indian Art Market at the Sharlot Hall Museum and Luau at the Old Firehouse Plaza, both in Prescott.

"This morning when (the rain) was coming down it slowed us down for an hour and 45 minutes," said Gail Sisson, front desk clerk at the museum. She added the crowd "is back to normal."

As many as 1,000 people attended the luau as of early this afternoon, said Kristi Gagnon, who chaired the event for the Prescott Firefighters' Charities.

However, organizers of the Cub Mobile Race took a rain check for the event Saturday at the C-A-L Ranch store parking lot in Prescott, said Dennis Prevo, assistant cub master/recruitment for Cub Scout Pack 7330. He said about 25 Cub Scouts planned to attend.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012
Article comment by: Well then

if god made it rain on your event he/she/it must've had a reason. Perhaps he/she/it felt your group was stealing his/her/its thunder or felt everyone should get baptized all at once whether they wanted to or not

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Very Odd

It is real strange that the newspaper didn't mention Hope Fest. I was in town early that morning and you had to be blind not to see all the vendors setting up. I'm also saddened that the event did not happen as planned. I do hope that some of the food might have been donated to shelters and food banks. God has His plan.

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: HOPE (fest) WAS NOT LOST!

I'm saddened as well about Hope Fest not materializing, however I understand that 15 people were baptized into eternal salvation...THAT ALONE was worth the effort of the organizers. If only 1 person were saved, it still would have been worth it. God saw fit to let it rain as there were plenty of prayers for rain as well! Hope Fest was not a total bust, especially those who chose salvation... HOPE WAS ACTUALLY FOUND! Sorry all you organizers, there's always next time!
It is odd that the article didn't mention the event is there a law that separates Faith and journalism?

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: God Knows

@ Faith forgotten, not at all, I am sure God, a typical male deity, enjoys a good brew once in a while, as long as it is ice cold and quiet, it is heaven!! He does, indeed, work in strange ways!

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Thank You God

It is so hilarious that the organizers and attendees of the “Hope Fest” didn’t bother to form an “anti-rain” prayer committee, beseeching their Almighty Christian God for a rain break while they had their activities yesterday! Is it possible that the Almighty Christian God wanted some peace and quiet! That God did not want these folks to produce the evening agenda filled with extremely loud, annoying, religious caterwauling? At least the folks in the bars across the street and the folks, within two mile radius, in their homes, watching the beautiful rain, were not pestered by the inconsiderate over amplified, “music”! He works in mysterious ways, thanks God!

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: ziglviet b schtoonk

So I'm assuming the "target shooting ban" is now revoked?

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Only two Arizonans died in this weekend's storms

So, move along, nothing to see here.

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Faith Forgotten?

^ 5, R U Kidding Me? We had many plans for the Hope Fest event but I guess as long as beer and Whiskey Row made out ok that anything faith based is lucky that it makes it to the back of the paper. God Bless them anyway.

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Strange article

The 12 Hours of Night mountain bike race that happened last night also saw some major changes due to the rain! Attendance was way down, the course had to be shortened considerably to avoid damaging the muddier sections of the track.

But guess what? The disruption to this town had the Prescott Nat'l Forest gone to Stage 3 restrictions and closed public access would have been far, far greater. So why not write include some mention of how desperately we needed this rain?

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: R U Kidding Me?

A major event on the square, Arizona Hope Fest, was decimated by the weather. Each vendor lost hundreds of dollars in sales and the food vendors went home with as much stock as they brought. Easily over a thousand dollars in food inventory for each vendor had to be donated elsewhere. The sponsoring organization, Celebrate Recovery, spent thousands on an event that got off the ground for maybe one hour, with "crowds" 1/100th the expected size. My brother worked there all day and he can tell you, the storm disruption was MAJOR. About ten bands could not play and a movie not be shown due to the lightning and water risk. The event broke down and everyone left at 4 PM instead of 10 PM. That's disruption. Most people reading this probably never left their homes yesterday due to the weather, so that's what really happened, folks. For those who were there, it was wet, cold misery.

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Very Confused Priorities and Headline: Nothing Happened!

We finally get some rain and the Courier writes about the disruptions — or lack thereof! How about the benefits?!

It was a little rain (some people experienced a lot more, some a lot less) and the Courier sees fit to write an article stating that approximately nothing happened as a result?! We must indeed be in drought conditions if a little rain warrants an article with two pictures. But the article wasn’t about drought and relief.

The thing is, the anti-rain attitude of this article is shared by many in the Prescott area.

Its not very scientific but I wouldn’t be surprised if drought conditions are a result of people involved with our endless parade of “outdoor events” praying for no rain.

I’m glad the people of Prescott weren’t inconvenienced by the weather. Can't y’all enjoy anything in life?

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