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August 31, 2014 09:55 PM

How LifeLight Deals With Severe Weather

Worthing, SD

The Life Light Concert Event brings thousands of people from across the region to a field near Worthing. It's a time for worship and music for many, but severe weather can ruin the event.

While thousands are watching the stage, LifeLight officials are watching the skies.

"Well when you do an outdoor event you never know what's going to happen, but we always plan for a risk management plans for weather. We have a risk management team, an incredible operations team so if it comes to that we keep an eye on the weather. They have weather radar stations and they will be looking at it," LifeLight CEO Alan Greene said.

LifeLight CEO Alan Greene says they try to give people plenty of warning if severe weather is coming, so they can seek shelter either in their car or one of the buildings at the event. The event has never dealt with serious weather, but for camper Shawn Balhak he remembers last year's close call.

"Last year when we had the chance of a big storm come through, good Lord watched over everybody and it split around us all but they had everybody go to the shower area. We kind of took shelter in the showers," Shawn Balhak said.

Balhak met a family from West Fargo at LifeLight five years ago, and they have met up here ever since. This year they're planning on leaving early if Mother Nature pays a visit.

"We got everything packed up. We're hoping to stay for the last concert but if the weather turns bad we got everything packed and we can just head out," Rachel Sayler said. 

The rain over the weekend turned the dirt at the event into heavy mud, making walking and driving difficult. That didn't prevent people from showing up, however, as Greene estimates Saturday night was one of the highest turnouts in recent years.

"People love it. I mean people come out in the mud. Christians praise the lord in any weather," Greene said.

Sayler says that even with the rain and mud issues, she's enjoying her time at LifeLight.

"Weather doesn't matter. It's just the idea of being in a Christian setting where you have a lot in common with people," Sayler said.

 

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