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Atomic Cup Cleanup Hindered by Race Delays

KENNEWICK, Wash.- All the flips and fires forced the races to go a few hours late Sunday, meaning teardown and cleanup couldn't get going.

The races didn't end until around 7 PM, and due to darkness, many crews couldn't get going until Monday morning.

Bleachers, tents, garbage and bathrooms need to be cleaned up, and Water Follies volunteers are working hard to get things back to normal.

The tents and garbage are their priority today, and once all that is gone, they will start taking down thousands of feet of temporary fencing.

Even with the delays, perhaps the least affected groups were the race teams.  About half of them still left last night, and they say having the next race in Seattle helps. 

Still, officials said the delays haven't made things any easier.

"That was really rough on us. That put us another hour into the evening. After the last race, we have to rush to get this road open for traffic," said Todd Blackman, Water Follies Venue Oversight Chair.

Columbia Park is open to the public today and throughout the week, but don't expect it to look like it usually does.  Officials said things won't be back to normal until sometime around the end of the week.

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