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Flooding not a concern for Memphis In May

(WMC-TV) - The gates opened at Memphis In May Friday afternoon and all of the rain that has fallen in the last 24 hours will kick it off to a soggy start.

Repeat Beale Street Music Festival goers have some experience dealing with the rain, but this year they will also have to come dressed for colder weather, too.

It goes without saying Tom Lee Park will be wet and the rain shows no sign of slowing down.

"There's about 45,000 square feet of ground cover in Tom Lee Park, so patrons shouldn't expect too much of a mess, however boots are appropriate and it's also a little chilly so layer up, but the show goes on and the music will be hot," said Memphis In May Vice President Diane Hampton.

Festival goers are not about to let the rain and temperatures slow them down.

"I've got a pair of long johns on, a pair of tights, a pair of jeans. I've got rain boots in the car, three shirts on and I'm going," said Marie Cash.

City engineers say flooding downtown is not going to be an issue this year. The river level is fine and there are three huge surge basins that are pumping the rain into the river.

One of them is located on Front Street, another is under Beale Street, and a third runs right under Tom Lee Park.

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