Wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners moved because of flooding

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville restaurant along the Ohio River is virtually empty. Captain's Quarters sits about 16 feet above the river, but the water is getting so high the owners are clearing everything out - which may have some brides unhappy.

Staff started clearing out the restaurant around 7 o'clock Thursday morning and were pretty much done by lunch time. They loaded all the equipment and furniture in a truck, where it's going to stay until the water goes down.

Co-owner Andrew Masterson says right now they expect to get two feet of water in the building and will have to shut down for a week-and-a-half.

Masterson says they are rescheduling and relocating as many as 15 parties, including wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. They are partnering with other businesses, including the Frazier Museum and Ali Center.

"Lost business - yeah could be tens of thousands, but damage to the building could be fifty to one hundred [thousand dollars]" said Masterson. "You just don't know."

Captain's Quarters sits on about five acres of land. Around noon on Thursday only about one acre was above water. The building was built with concrete floors, block walls, and decorated with lots of tile to be as water proof as possible and easy to clean-up.

"I don't know that it does any good to worry about it," said Masterson. "There's just not anything we can do about it. Mother Nature's in charge and we just roll with the punches."

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