Weather hurts memorial weekend plans, businesses


The Memorial holiday weekend is typically a time to enjoy the outdoors, grilling with family and friends, but this weather is spoiling some people's Memorial Day celebrations.

Some people have gassed up, packed up and are hitting the road.

"I'm headed to southern Illinois to Centralia to visit my family," said Decatur resident Kennie Black. "The weather hasn't put a damper on his plans."

"Hopefully, I go south a little but it will be a little nicer," he said.

But here, many parks, ball fields, grills are all empty on what's typically an active holiday weekend.

"It's cold. It's miserable. It's depressing," said Decatur resident Mary Cundiff.

A weekend that's normally filled with golf, is filled with rain.

"This is pitiful," said Kurt Rogers of the Red Tail Run Golf Club. "We've played some golf but not much... Our revenue has got to be down at least 50 percent."

And on the roads, traffic and DUI's are down, too.

"Unfortunate weather has kept everyone inside and kept more people off the roads," said Sgt. Jason Brown of the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

Off the roads but not necessarily inside. Pat Lowe says she hopes to have 200 people show up to her family reunion at Fairview Park.

"We can handle it. We're strong people," she said. "We're gonna eat and have fun and good times and talk and reminisce."

So whether it's traveling or dodging the rain at Fairview Park, people will find a way to enjoy the holiday.

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