Restaurants along River Road brace for flooding

Riverside businesses brace for flooding

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Businesses along River Road know the drill when the Ohio River rises and flooding is forthcoming. They pack up and move out.

River Road BBQ was busy evacuating on Monday. They had movers and employees helping them pack up and move everything out. Last year when it flooded, they lost supplies, goods, and materials. This year, they aren't taking any risks.

River House BBQ is packing up as the Ohio River continues to rise.
River House BBQ is packing up as the Ohio River continues to rise. (WAVE 3 News)

"It brings our revenue to a screeching halt," River Road BBQ General Manager Krissy Higgins said. "It's not easy for anybody not for employees or any of us."

River Road BBQ hopes to be back up and running in the next two to three weeks.

Next door to them, is King Fish and River House and Levee. King Fish says they plan to stay open until River Road is covered with water and when barricades are up on River Road. King Fish says water has never gotten into their building in the past, but access to them has been the issue when it floods in the area.

John Varanese, chef and owner of River House and Levee, says they are playing it by ear.

"Third year here and this is the second time this is happening," Varanese said.

As of Monday afternoon, River House customers were coming in for lunch. Varanese says the timing of the flooding isn't great because this week is a busy time for business with thousands coming in for the National Farm Machinery Show and Valentine's Day is on Thursday. Varanese says they will be in contact with their customers who had reservations on Valentine's Day.

“People who have reservations later in the week we will be reaching out to you this (Monday) afternoon,” Varanese said. “We are really just trying to see if those flood charts move a little more.”

Captains Quarters is also packing up and closing. Sandbags are lining their doors. They hope to be back open in 2-4 weeks.

Captains Quarters is also packing up ahead of the high waters.
Captains Quarters is also packing up ahead of the high waters. (WAVE 3 News)

"It kinda just comes with the territory," David Nold of Captain's Quarters said. "We did about 1000 sandbags the other day."

Nold says they don't expect flooding to be too bad this year compared to last year.

"We are elevating what we can, moving what we need to all the expensive equipment so we don't have to replace everything," Nold said.

Cunningham's Creekside was also busy on Monday packing up and moving out. They have a front row seat to Harrods Creek. This is the first year Cunningham's will test out new equipment to help deal with flooding. The walls to the restaurant can come off which makes for easy clean up.

“Everything is designed to pop off and go,” Cunningham’s Creekside owner Brent George said.

Cunningham's Creelside has a front row seat to Harrods Creek and is also packing up ahead of the flooding.
Cunningham's Creelside has a front row seat to Harrods Creek and is also packing up ahead of the flooding. (WAVE 3 News)

Cunningham's Creekside has also eliminated any dry wall in the restaurant.

For so many of these businesses along River Road it's the waiting game. They wait to see how much water comes in, they wait to see how bad the damage is, they wait to access their property to clean and restore it..

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