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Splash House to continue as planned despite major storm

Thousands of visitors will be pouring into the valley this weekend for Spalsh House as the region prepares for heavy rains and possible flooding.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the region by the National Hurricane Center, which means we can expect winds of 39 m.p.h. to 57 m.p.h. as the storm moves through.

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Splash House shared the following statement with News Channel 3 ahead of the storm:

"We are carefully monitoring how Palm Springs will be affected by incoming weather this weekend and are working on multiple contingency plans to ensure the event can happen safely.

Should weather escalate, we have plans to move Splash House programming across all venues indoors.

We remain dedicated to the safety of our attendees and producing the best show possible while causing the least amount of logistical impact on our nearby neighbors."

Splash House organizers

The music festival also posted the following on its Instagram page:

Palm Springs city officials told News Channel 3 they have been talking to Goldenvoice, which puts on Splash House. The city's emergency manager, Danny DeSelms, said people should expect more traffic with more visitors in town and likely road closures due to flooding.

"As those washes fill, there's really only one way in and one way out of the city, and that's [Highway 111]. So just anticipate traffic and drive safely," said DeSelms. "Be safe and be respectful of other drivers out there because everybody's going to be frustrated at the same time."

The city is already preparing for multiple inches of rain and flash flooding. On Thursday, some road closure barricades were pre-staged near the washes that usually flood at North Indian Canyon and Gene Autry.

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