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Rain comes at bad time for businesses who depend on holiday tourism

PULASKI CO, Ky. (WKYT) - Phones were ringing off the hook Thursday at Lee’s Ford Marina.

“All of those people have cancelled with a 100% rain forecast. We had a lot of cancellations in our rentals,” said Marina President JD Hamilton.

Most travelers kept their cabin rentals and are waiting until the weather breaks. Others made the most of it. The rain couldn’t come at a worse time.

“86 percent of sales happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Very small window,” said Hamilton.

The irony is for the past seven years or so the problem on Lake Cumberland has been not enough water, because of problems at Wolf Creek Dam and the lowering of the lake. This summer they have more water than they could possibly ever need.

“We’ve been praying for water for 6 years now. Maybe we overshot it a little bit,” said Hamilton.

Somersplash water park typically has their busiest day of the year on the fourth.

“You’re probably talking July fourth we have 3 to 4,000 people inside the park,” said manager Stephen Sims.

That’s more than double the daily attendance.

“This is our biggest weekend we have of the season,” Sims said.

Both the water park and marina now has their fireworks displays scheduled for Saturday.

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