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Mayor vows TomorrowWorld "dissection of what went wrong"

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The mayor of Chattahoochee Hills, where TomorrowWorld was held, is now promising a thorough review of what went wrong.

First, though, the city needs to get cars unstuck from the mud.

UPDATE: Video shows the mess and mayhem at TomorrowWorld

This image, originally posted by @EDMpocahontas on Twitter and added by Jimi Yu to the "TomorrowWorld 2015 Sucks" Facebook page, seems to encapsulate the misery many festival goers experienced.

"TomorrowWorld is looking for folks with tractors to help pull cars out of the mud," Chattahoochee Hills Mayor  Tom Reed said in a statement posted on the city's web site. " Please contact them at neighbors@tomorrowworld.com for details if you can help.  They are paying for this help – hourly or flat rate."

He seems none too impressed with organizers' communications and logistics skills.

"While the rain (compounded by serious promoter communication issues and transportation vendor failures) has obviously caused a mess, with serious parking and access issues, our Public Safety teams and their partners have been working tirelessly to maintain safety," he said. " A dissection of what went wrong, and a process to ensure it does not happen again, will follow."

Festival goers have been lighting up the Internet with their tales of soggy woe: of being stranded when shuttle buses quit running, of hideously overflowing and unattended restroom units, of lax security and general disorganization.

TomorrowWorld became a muddy mess in a hurry. This was taken on Friday, before the real troubles started. AJC photo: Melissa Ruggieri

 

 

Nick Carpenter posted this photo of the muddy path to the bathrooms.

"It was complete chaos," Danielle Bagnuolo told the AJC during a Monday morning interview.

Apart from the rain, she said, the festival seemed to be bogged down in a sea of logistical snafus: bugs with the "Pearls" currency exchange rates, shuttle drivers who seemed confused, lax security and overflowing restroom units.

"It was disgusting," Danielle said.

The AJC requested a response from TomorrowWorld organizers on Monday and has not yet heard anything.

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