Motorists have been stuck in gridlocked traffic for up to 10 hours as tried to access the festival, which takes place at Seaclose Park in Newport.
Ferries to the island had to suspend their services last night since cars were unable to disembark once they’d reached the island, as well as extensive flooding and mud on the site.
“We did everything within our power but as soon as that 24 hour rain came down it became horrendous. I’m really very sorry, I can only apologise” said Festival organiser John Giddings.
Extensive flooding – the view from the campsite (Photo: Lisbeth Buckle)
Linda Dawson, who was stuck in her car with her parner and three children told the BBC “The two things I’m really annoyed about is this weather has been going on for weeks, so why were they not prepared for it? Why did they let us get on the ferry when they knew there was nowhere for us to go?”
Those heading to the festival have been advised not to bring their cars and to travel as foot passengers on the ferry services.
Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen will be rocking the island this weekend.
Really no excuse For yesterday’s #iowfestival traffic chaos. Looks like it’s starting again this morning.
— Wez Maynard (@wez) June 22, 2012
More #iowfestival goers due to arrive today. We all need to shuffle up a bit so they can fit on the island.
— Shaun Cuff (@ShaunCuff) June 22, 2012
— Absolute Radio (@absoluteradio) June 22, 2012