Red Cross sets up shelter for festival refugees

Photo by Katie Berg

Photo by Katie Berg

Over 16 hours after the festival was suspended then cancelled due to severe storms, thousands at Hudson Project remain stuck in the mud in flooded parking areas. One woman said only a handful of tractors were on site to tow hundreds of cars out of the mud, and no food or water was being provided. (Note: festival organizers said snacks and water we’re being distributed.)

This morning, the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Kiwanis Ice Arena, at the request of the Ulster County Director of Emergency Services.

Red Cross volunteers have mobilized to staff and supply the shelter, and additional shelter sites have been identified in the event they are needed. At this time, the Red Cross anticipates that this will be an overnight (24-hour) shelter operation.


Anyone looking for information on the shelter should contact the Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter at 845-471-0200.

Saugerties police are asking local drivers to avoid the area (Rt. 32N) while crews continue work getting cars out.