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UPDATED ON 6: 2013 Augusta Southern Nationals Drag Boat Races Cancelled

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***UPDATED at 6:46 P.M. on Wednesday, July 10th***

The race chairman of the Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races, Dayton Sherrouse, has released a statement on the cancellation of this year's races, which would have been the event's 28th year.

Read the statement below:

Unfortunately, the Augusta area has been experiencing excessive rainfall over the last several months.  This has caused all the reservoirs located on the Savannah River upstream from the race site to exceed their full pool level and the flows in the Savannah River are too high and swift to enable us to safely conduct the 28th Augusta Southern Nationals next week.  Normal flow in the river during the race is approximately 7,000 cubic feet per second and current flows are 40,000 cubic feet per second. The Corps of Engineers has advised us that these conditions will persist for the next several weeks. Therefore, we are cancelling this year's race and there is no date where the site is available that matches the LODBRS schedule to reschedule it this year.  We appreciate the support we have always received from the race teams and patrons that come to Augusta for the past 27 years and ask you to put July 18-20 on your calendar for next year's race.

Dayton Sherrouse
Race Chairman
Augusta Southern Nationals

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***POSTED at 5:21 P.M. on Wednesday, July 10th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned the 2013 Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races, scheduled for Friday, July 19th - Sunday, July 21st, have been cancelled.

According to the race's official website, http://www.augustasouthernnationals.org/2013/07/2013-augusta-southern-nationals-canceled/ the cancellation is due to rising Savannah River water levels.

A statement posted on the website Wednesday reads:

"The river is currently running at 29,000 cfs and will increase by tonight to 37,000 cfs and the Corps told us this morning that it will stay at that level for the next 2-3 weeks and due to the reservoirs upstream being well above pool they can't do anything about lowering the discharge in the river. Compounding the issue is the current path of the tropical storm Chantal has it coming up the river. Under those conditions there is no way we can run the race next weekend."

We will continue to follow this story and provide more information if/when it becomes available.

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