Red Cross closes shelter for stranded festival-goers

red cross sqThe overnight shelter set up for attendees of The Hudson Project has closed, according to the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Kiwanis Ice Rink in Saugerties was opened as a shelter following heavy rains Sunday afternoon that flooded parking areas and prevented many attendees from leaving in their vehicles.

The shelter had 47 total residents before closing at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Festival promoters coordinated with Ulster County to provide buses to transport people from the Festival site to the shelter and back. Red Cross volunteers mobilized to staff and supply the shelter. In total, they served 78 meals and 871 snacks and water.