Businesses prep for 2019 flooding

Water levels rise and force businesses along River Road to close.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly six feet of water stood inside Cunningham's Creekside restaurant when Harrod's Creek flooded in 2018. It practically ruined every business along River Road.

The flooding forced Cunningham's to close for renovations for seven weeks.

Instead of just cleaning up the mess left behind, changes were made to prevent another lengthy closure from happening again.

Brent George, the 12-year-owner of the fish sandwich joint, made the call to install retractable walls, removable bars, concrete floors, and anything that could be removed when flooding was expected.

"It's a thing where we just want a quick turnaround. We want to make this as fast as possible," George said.

With the creek's levels rising, George and his employees plan to spend all of Monday and Tuesday removing everything from the building to be placed in storage. George thinks it will significantly cut down on the length of their closure because nothing will have to be replaced.

"I have 50 people that work here. Every day we're closed is a day they're not earning a paycheck," he said. "For us, it's getting us back in business mainly to start without employees and then our customers of course."

Just a few hundred yards up the creek is Harrod's Creek Tavern. They did the same thing --  retractable walls and concrete floors.

While Cunningham's and several other business close to get a head start of flood preps, Harrod's Creek Tavern plans to stay open until they're certain water will get into the building.

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