Businesses along the Ohio River already feeling the impact of flooding
Several businesses along the banks of the Ohio River in Jefferson County are preparing for flooding as the waters continue to rise.
PROSPECT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many businesses along the banks of the Ohio River in Jefferson County are preparing for flooding as the waters continue to rise.
On Monday afternoon, employees at Captain’s Quarters off River Road were busy loading up food and supplies and getting as much out of the restaurant as possible.
“It’s just reliving the same nightmare that we have every three or four years,” said Andrew Masterson, a partner with Captain’s Quarters.
Moving everything out then back in again after the water subsides is fairly common practice.
“It’s kind of old hat but we have gotten, I am not going to say good at it, but we are used to it," Masterson said. "It happens.”
The dining room is empty but now houses non-perishable food items and electronics moved over from the restaurant’s newly renovated kitchen. Outside, patio furniture sits on the roof to keep it away from the water levels already 10 feet above normal. The lower levels of the patio and lawn have been submerged and the water rests just a couple yards from the door.
Just down River Road at Cunningham’s, employees removed furniture from a room that now directly hangs over the rising water. More than 12 tons of sand is piled in the parking lot to be bagged Tuesday to surround the building.
“I think there is a case where I could keep some of the heavier debris, mud and things like that ... it might make the restoration much quicker,” owner Brent George said.
Cunningham’s posted a sign on their door Monday saying they closed at 3 p.m. Monday due to the flooding.
The flooding didn’t seem to be a concern next door at Harrod’s Creek Tavern, formerly Darkstar Tavern. The water covered several steps and has already flooded the basement.
“We’ll stay open until the water actually starts coming in, and then we will close," said owner Rusty Hocker, who opened the business just 10 weeks ago. "But we have got everything on wheels, and everything is ready to go if we need to move out fast."
All three business owners said lost money and profit is not their biggest concern. Their main focus is securing work for their employees as long as the businesses stay closed.
“We can replace equipment We have insurance for that," Masterson said. "But the staff ... they don’t have insurance for lost work. So I will do everything I can to keep them busy and find things for them to do."
Captain’s Quarters and Cunningham’s plan on staying closed for at least the next week, possibly two, depending on how long it takes the river to crest.
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