Flooding delays Atlanta show opening


The opening of the 2012 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show was delayed a few hours Thursday when thousands of gallons of water spilled from the event's indoor wake park.

One of the 200,000-gallon indoor park’s pools spilled about 70,000 gallons of water, show manager Larry Berryman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This caused the show to open at 3 p.m., rather than its scheduled 11 a.m. opening.

No injuries were reported and no boats were damaged.

Show officials have not determined what caused part of the attraction to collapse. It wasn't immediately known whether the wake park would be available for the remainder of the show, which runs through Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“Starting at 3 p.m., the show will open as planned, celebrating 50 years of bringing the best in boating to Atlanta,” Berryman said in a statement to local media.

The Atlanta show is owned by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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