Indiana agencies release Thunder traffic and safety measures

Southern Indiana plans for smooth day on Thunder

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- From traffic control to security, dozens of Indiana agencies say they have a plan in place to make sure everything goes smooth for Thunder Over Louisville.

 Sergeant Justin Ames of the Jeffersonville Fire Department explains, “We encourage you to take photos of your group, your family, your children the morning of if you plan on going to the event.”

Indiana agencies have released their do's and don’ts along with road closures. No open flames, drones, lasers, not even silly string or fireworks are allowed. Boaters are also on the minds of law enforcement officers as well.

Sgt. Ames adds, “We ask that you always wear your life jacket, the river can be tricky in maneuvering and it can be dangerous.”

For the average attendee, officials say your focus should remain the same including keeping up with the kids and finding a good parking spot.

Jeffersonville Police released a map showing the routes that are and are not available.

Major Joshua Lynch, with the Jeffersonville Police Department, tells us, “The road closures will start at 8 am on Saturday and they will be closed throughout the event.”  

While police are releasing safety measures, vendors are marking their territory. Ms. Peggy's Food Service travels in for the last 28 years from Herrin, Illinois. She has 8 different trucks between Louisville and Indiana.

Owner Peggy Colp exclaims, “The people are absolutely as friendly as they can be here, it’s like a family reunion every year you come back and you get the same customer year after year after year or so, it’s just a great festive time!”

Kelly Olsen, who works in Downtown Louisville, adds, “From somebody that's not from this area originally, it’s nice to see the whole community come together and celebrate, it's really fantastic.”
Follow the rules, take your time, and have a plan in place. That will ensure your Thunder experience is as smooth as possible.

Federal, State, and local agencies say they are ready to again handle the hundreds of thousands of people who choose to watch the airshow and fireworks display in the Hoosier state.

Every immediate bridge in Downtown Louisville will experience road closures. The Sherman Minton and East End bridges will remain untouched.

Indiana also has a special event hotline you can use in addition to calling your local agency. ISP says you can call 812-246-5424 anytime Friday and Saturday.

Two first aid stations will be provided by the American Red Cross: one at Mulberry Street near the walking bridge and in Clarksville at Sherwood Avenue by the dam.

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