Selma calls off fireworks event due to weather threatPublished 8:02pm Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The city of Selma and Dallas County Commission announced Wednesday their joint firework show production, “America: The Dream Lives On,” scheduled for Thursday evening had been called off due to the threat of severe weather.
Other local firework shows remain on standby, waiting on the weather to make a decision on cancelling their shows.
Selma Mayor George Evans and Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard met Wednesday with the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency director Rhonda Abbott to discuss the weather forecast and severe weather possibilities.
After that meeting, it was decided to postpone the fireworks show until Labor Day on Sept. 2.
Selma and the Dallas County Commission had placed a deposit on the show and were able to secure the show for a later date without losing their deposit money.
“They looked at all the weather coming in and decided to postpone the event until Labor Day,” Sheryl Smedley, executive director for the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce said early Wednesday.
Thursday’s forecast called for periods of heavy rainfall and flash flooding across east central Alabama, where three to five inches of heavy rainfall is expected through Friday.
“I feel like that was a pretty good decision,” Smedley said.
Valley Grande also has a city firework show planned for Thursday and their show will go on according to the city’s Facebook page.
“The City of Valley Grande will be having our Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July!,” the post reads. “We are going to try everything in our power to continue on with the festivities tomorrow starting at 5 p.m.”
If it does begin raining at 9 p.m., when the firework show is scheduled to being, the city said they will be unable to present the fireworks display,. But if it is not raining, the show will proceed.
Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe told the Times-Journal the council had to make a decision regarding their scheduled activities and fireworks show prior to noon Wednesday because of the games and inflatable rentals coming in for the event.
“We made the decision to keep everything as scheduled and maybe we can do events in between the weather when it breaks,” Labbe said. “We are at the mercy of the weather, so we will just try to work around it and still go through with the events.”
The events at the Valley Grande Walking Trail will begin at 5 p.m.
Labbe said residents should check in with the city’s Facebook page to stay updated with their latest developments for the celebration.