LOCAL AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE PREPARING FOR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS DURING THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE. WITH THE OHIO RIVER ALREADY OUT OF ITS BANKS, THE COAST GUARD IS ADVISING BOATERS TO TAKE PRECAUTION. W-L-K-Y’S ANNA-LYSA GAYLE IS LIVE AT WATERFRONT PARK WITH THEIR MESSAGE… ANNA-LYSA? THEIR MESSAGE TO BOATERS IS TO BE SAFE WHILE HAVING FUN. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS—-DOZENS FROM THE RIVER. “Sometimes we go to king fish and park in the parking lot.” Erin Treat: “My son has a baseball game over in Jeffersonville, so we’ll be kind of right in the action, so we’ll probably walk from the baseball game to watch thunder.” Maurice Ware:”We usually go down to like Lannan’s park, close to the Portland neighborhood.” NO MATTER WHERE YOU PLAN ON WATCHING THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE, SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY AT THE KICK-OFF EVENT FOR THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL. WITH FLOODING NOW A CONCERN—THE COAST GUARD IS ALSO FOCUSING ITS EFFORTS ON KEEPING THOSE OFF LAND—SAFE. Lt. Kate Cameron, US Coast Guard: “We’re going to have about 30 boats on the water. So if somebody does get in trouble, we have the capability to help people.” IN APRIL 2000, AFTER A NIGHT OF ENJOYING THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE—- A 23- YEAR-OLD ST. MATTHEWS WOMAN DIED WHEN THE RUN-ABOUT BOAT SHE WAS ON EXPERIENCED MECHANCIAL PROLEMS….SENDING IT UNDER WATER.