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Thunder preparations take into account wet weather and rising Ohio River

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The recent wet weather is affecting the waterfront in Louisville. There is still flood water covering the benches, and debris needs to be picked up.

But Thunder organizers say even with less than a week until the big event, they're ready for anything.

Part of the waterfront is about to undergo a major transformation. Thousands will head down on Saturday for Thunder Over Louisville.

But the great lawn and other areas might be a little wet.

"It would be rare on Thunder to not have the river outside of its banks for Thunder Over Louisville," said Aimee Boyd with the Kentucky Derby Festival.

"We're not scrambling like 'oh no, there's water for the first time,'" she said.

Boyd tells WDRB the weather changes every year and they just have to deal with it. The Ohio River may stay above its banks and even creep up a little higher.

"So our speakers are already planned to be up higher,” Boyd said. “Infrastructure is planned to be built as if there is high water, so we've already done that, and we've learned that over the years."

With rain expected at least four days this week, that could mean more flooding. If the river rises even higher, it'll mean fewer spaces for visitors.

"The water line will set the crowd lines so folks will filter in,” Boyd said. “They'll fill in those spots and they'll fill in areas where they're open east and west of the great lawn."

Chad Cox and Brenda Massey plan to be at Thunder on Saturday. They say flooding has been a lot worse than this in the past and shouldn't stop anyone from showing up.

"I don't think it'll keep many people away ... I just think it'll be more compacted,” they said.

“If there is rain this week and it looks like the great lawn is going to be wet, they can bring tarps to put under their blankets. That's allowed," Boyd said.

The theme for this year's show is "Boom with a View."

Workers will head to the Galt House on Monday morning to set up the command center that'll help run the show.

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