Businesses along the Ohio River impacted by flooding

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 has tracked another round of storms aimed at Kentuckiana Friday night. With the threat of strong storms, everyone is keeping their eyes on the level of the Ohio River, especially business owners.

About a month ago, along the Ohio River, it flooded. Some businesses were impacted. Andrew Masterson, the owner of Captain's Quarters, said he closed his restaurant for 10 days at a cost of roughly $30,000.

KingFish Restaurant on River Road also lost money when they closed their restaurant for about a week. Operations manager Charlyn Ross said it cost them more than $50,000, last month.

"The joy of being on the river," Ross said.

Ross said KingFish will stay open Easter weekend, which is typically a money making weekend for businesses. "We're hoping to recoup some, if the weather cooperates," she said.

On Friday, part of the KingFish dock was underwater. Ross said two floods about a month apart hurts business. "It's not fun. It's not good. We have restaurants people can go to if we are closed. There are two other restaurants," Ross said.

Meanwhile at Captain's Quarters, employees had spent 8 hours moving furniture out of the restaurant Thursday to keep it safe from possible flooding. Masterson said he decided to move the furniture back into the restaurant on Friday in order to open the bar at night. Masterson  said he heard the river level was going to stay the same and that is why he made the decision to move furniture back.

"It's a tough call and it's, you know, it's not science. It is a guess, what happens with the weather," Masterson said.

WAVE 3 checked with other businesses, including Joe's Crab Shack, Rocky's and Buckhead in Southern Indiana. Many business managers said they will remain open because they do not expect the Ohio River to rise to a level that would impact their business.

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