Popular Thunder Over Louisville viewing areas filled with debris
Thunder Over Louisville is in four days, and popular viewing areas along the Ohio River are covered in debris.
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Thunder Over Louisville is in four days, and popular viewing areas along the Ohio River are covered in debris.
Ashland Park in Clarksville is one of the most sought-after viewing spaces for the huge event, but much of it is covered with tree limbs and trash. Clarksville Parks Department Communications Director Ken Conklin said the park is where much of the debris from recent flooding collects.
"We understand that Thunder is an important tradition for area families, but we can only do what Mother Nature will let us do," said Conklin, who added that he hopes to have the debris cleaned up this week.
However, he said the debris cannot be cleaned until there is some dry weather.
"The problem is it's just so wet, it's hard to get our trucks and equipment down here because it takes a lot to get it cleaned up," Conklin said. "So until we get some dry weather, we won't be able to do that."
Conklin said Ashland Park is usually full of families for Thunder Over Louisville, but with the possibility of having less available space, he said people wanting to watch from the park should think ahead and get a spot early in the day.
A similar situation sits just down the street in Jeffersonville where Mayor Mike Moore said crews have cleaned the city's river bank twice now. He said with the possibility of more flooding this week, the city is ready to clean again. However, he said the ground will be wet, and some debris is inevitable.
"If this was a month ago, we'd be fine," Moore said. "But with it coming up Friday and Saturday ... we're going to lose some valuable property down here. But people will be looking up, not down."
Across the river at Waterfront Park in Louisville, the most populated area for Thunder Over Louisville, crews worked diligently Tuesday to make sure the flood debris were cleaned up. Gary Pepper, the park's facilities director, said they are used to the constant cycle of flooding then cleaning.
"We've reseeded it, grated it [and] cleaned it all up," he said. "Now we've got a third flood coming this weekend of only six feet, which will not be substantial enough to prohibit anyone from coming and using the park."
The airshow is scheduled to start around 3 p.m. Saturday, and the fireworks are expected to start at 9:30 p.m.
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