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Wet weather could dampen weekend events

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Rain could wash out weekend plans in the metro Atlanta area. While some events have already been canceled, others say they'll go on -- rain or shine.

Final preparations are underway for the first ever Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward.

Around 16,000 people are expected over two days to hear bands like the Lumineers and Band of Horses, but now with the heavy rain in the forecast, they are taking extra precautions.

"Some extra sandbags in case it's a little windy, some extra tarps, some extra plastic, but it will still work," said Tim Sweetwood of the Shaky Knees Music Festival.  

The 40th annual Snellville Days was expected to draw as many of 25,000 people. Organizers were out on Friday making arrangements for the expected rain.

"Rain or shine we are moving on. Keep watching the radar. If it moves out and Sunday looks better, come out Sunday. We going to be here and we're hoping everybody will kind of bear with us and come out," Lisa Platt of Snellville Parks and Recreation.

The already-saturated ground caused a tree to topple onto tree cars during rush hour on Hamilton E. Holmes in northwest Atlanta.

"Well, I was just sitting in traffic. Traffic was pretty backed up. Suddenly, I thought a car had hit me in the back. I looked in the mirror and all I could see was a tree limb," said Woody Moses.

The biggest concern for the weekend could be flooding in places like Buckhead's Peachtree Creek. FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist Ken Cook says these waters will rise.

"Anywhere from 3 inches to over 5 inches in the metropolitan Atlanta area – and the ground is already wet," Ken said. "I think the major creeks could certainly fill up with this much rain, especially if a lot of it falls in a short period of time."

That's concerning for people like Chris and Nicole Maust. Their Buckhead home has been flooded by Peachtree Creek in the past.

"It's a different thing, living in the flood plain. You have to think it and constantly be worried about it and checking the creek," said Chris Maust.

The expected rain forced the Sweet Auburn Music Festival to postpone its event until the weekend of May 18 and 19.

Click here for the latest forecast from the FOX 5 Storm Team.

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