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Rain And Mud Causes Music Festival Chaos
Flooding and heavy rain have caused chaos at the Isle of Wight festival, leaving many people sleeping in their cars overnight.
Mud caused by the rain led to parking and access problems at Seaclose Park, Newport, and prompted ferries to suspend their services because of the traffic backlog.
This morning, festival organisers advised drivers to leave their cars at Portsmouth and board boats as foot passengers.
On Thursday evening, three boats with about 600 people on board were being held in the Solent as ferry operator Wightlink waited for the traffic to clear to enable it to discharge passengers at Fishbourne.
Rachel Moroney and her friends were stuck in their car on the Isle of Wight for more than 15 hours.
She told Sky News they had no information about the situation from organisers.
"All the information we got was from a boyfriend back home that was checking on forums, so we didn't have any official information," she said.
"There were some high spirits - we've gone through some highs and some lows, it's been 14 hours, we're sleep-deprived.
"Fortunately, we've took a lot of food with us, but there were people there that had no food.
"There were people with kids, people with dogs, so we tried to remain in high spirits, but it's been a long slog."
Throughout the first day of the festival, the campsite became waterlogged and extremely muddy.
Many cars have had to be towed out of the mud by the organisers to prevent them from becoming stuck.
In turn, this caused delays for the queues of traffic coming from the ferries.
Some were stuck in traffic jams of up to five hours as they attempted to get to Seaclose Park.
Writing on an unofficial Facebook site for the festival, Kirsty Crossley wrote: "We were towed in by tractor and literally just left in the field.
"Pitch darkness. No direction to campsite, no stewards or people to help. Everyone around us has no choice but to sleep in the car.
"No toilets or water and not an IOW employee in site.
"When you are here you will NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUT WITHOUT BEING TOWED. The mud is too deep.
"Want to leave but the tractors are too busy. Even 4x4s can't move. Still sitting in the car freezing and hungry."
In a statement issued overnight, festival organisers said: "We are really sorry for the delays getting into the campsite.
"Our fields have become wetter and wetter throughout the day. We have opened up new fields and laid more trackway.
"If you are in a car outside waiting to get in we are sending you some food and drink. Please bear with us."
The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday is largely clear - but it's not all good news as more rain is expected on Saturday night and during the day on Sunday.
About 65,000 people are expected to attend the three-day Isle of Wight event.