Rain took down annual Relay for Life

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday night the skies turned dark and rain began to threaten the annual Elk River Relay for Life.

Many teams took cover underneath their tents in hopes of the rain ending, while a few people braved the elements and continued to walk around the track.

Rains came shortly after 8 p.m. this past Friday, and by 9 p.m. the event was called off due to heavy rain, wind and lightning. There were reports of flash flooding along School Street that followed.


Bu the skies continued to grow darker, lightening flashed across the sky and the wind picked up and began tearing down team tents.

By 9 p.m. the American Cancer Society called off event. There was not an available indoor option.

That put an end to both  the luminary lighting ceremony and any plans partcipants had to walk all night.  The rain left the brightly decorated bags slumped in pools of water that formed around the track.

The silent auction was finished, too, and teams scrambled to pack up their equipment in the pouring rain and blustering winds.