"We'd prefer better weather:" Fiesta Waukesha organizers hope weather holds out for festival

WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) -- Storms rolled through southeast Wisconsin for a second night on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, June 18th, and many areas saw torrential rainfall. One of the areas that experienced damage is Waukesha County -- where the weather could put a popular festival in jeopardy.

Setup for this weekend's "Fiesta Waukesha" festival began just before the sky opened up on Wednesday morning.

Waukesha's Frame Park is wet and soggy -- and there are signs throughout Waukesha County that this storm packed quite a punch.

Two-and-a-half inches of rain has fallen on parts of Waukesha County since midnight Wednesday.

It's an amount of rainfall crews just can't keep up with.

As the storm passed, Shari Campbell had her eye on the next round of storms that could hit the area.

"We had to hide out in our cars this morning when all the storms came through. We'd prefer better weather," Campbell said.

Campbell is overseeing setup for this weekend's "Fiesta Waukesha."

The festival is expected to draw a crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000.

But unfortunately, the grounds at Frame Park aren't quite ready for a party.

"If the sun can dry it out during the day, hopefully it will be fine so there isn't standing water while the people are here," Campbell said.

In Sussex, Sue Kwiatkowski was doing something Wednesday that only a true professional should attempt!

With no power, the Ta-Da Salon was operating in the dark!

"We've tried to manage doing things in the dark. From Menomonee Falls to 164, the power was out," Kwiatkowski said.

As power lines dangled just above the pavement, and trees snapped in front yards, there is a feeling this storm may be over -- but the next could be rolling in soon enough.

The Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha County Sheriff's Department report no major accidents or damage as a result of these storms.

With all the tents set up at Frame Park, there's hope that at least the strong winds will hold off until after the weekend -- but that's not looking likely.

Fiesta Waukesha's mission is to promote multicultural awareness through a three-day music and cultural festival held on the banks of the Fox River. The festival is free to the public and offers a wide variety of Hispanic entertainment, Latin American cuisine, amusement rides, children’s area and much more!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the festival.