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UPDATE: Kuumba Festival cancels concert after flooding damage

(WBIR) Saturday afternoon storms brought heavy rain during a busy weekend in East Tennessee causing problems for at least one major festival.

In East Knoxville, Chilhowee Park quickly flooded during Saturday afternoon's Kuumba Festival events.

"It comes from the duck pond over here. When the duck pond gets too much water, it floods in to over here," said Isis Tafari, one of the festival's vendors.

Workers estimate the rain caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to audio equipment and other items stored beneath the main stage. The group said they do have insurance.

Around 4 p.m. a tow truck could be seen pulling two vehicles out of the water.

Organizers made the decision to cancel the concerts scheduled for Saturday evening. It included an appearance by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, power was still out at the park.

"We can't plug in anywhere. The power's out from here to Holston Hills. So it's the nature of festivals and outdoor events... We're hearing from all the festivals that are happening outdoors over the city right now," said Nkechi Ajanaku, executive director of the African American Appalachian Arts.

At World's Fair Park, Knoxville's Big Kahuna Wing Festival took an hour break due to lightning.

"We had to get everybody into the old convention center but they stayed around and waited. They knew it was going to be fun after it cleared away," said Matt Beeler, with Knoxville's Big Kahuna Wing Festival.

Pridefest and Brewfest also took place in Downtown Knoxville. However, neither event saw a big impact from the rain.

Kuumba Festival will continue tomorrow at Chilhowee Park Bandstand, which is higher up from where the flooding occurred.

A full list of events can be found here.


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