The Shell station at River Street and Zorn Avenue moves forward of rising Ohio River water after being closely damaged in last yr’s flood.
Scott Utterback, Louisville Courier Journal

After the Ohio River crammed their eating room with 7 half ft of floodwater last yr, River Street BBQ’s house owners didn’t take any possibilities after listening to dire forecasts calling for the river to rise steeply again this week.

On Sunday and early Monday morning, a crew at the casual eatery north of Zorn Avenue and River Street packed up tables, chairs, refrigerators, chrome steel preparation tables and, most crucially, the smoking pits — all of it now on wheels — and moved the whole lot to storage.

“We just discovered our lesson,” stated Krissy Higgins, basic manager. “Last yr, we lost of lots of supplies and items.”

As rain continued to fall Monday, meteorologists predicted the river would inch toward average flood stage by the top of the workweek. The circumstances pressured dozens of businesses and householders on each side of the Ohio River to move out or to begin preparations with an eye fixed on river ranges.

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By Monday afternoon at the McAlpine Upper Dam, the water was nearing 22 ft, a few foot away from the 23-foot benchmark to hit flood stage. The water is anticipated to rise to just about 30 ft — which is average flood stage — by Friday morning.

The Nationwide Weather Service issued a flood warning for Kentucky and Southern Indiana cities near the Ohio River beginning Tuesday afternoon until additional notice.

The region is predicted to obtain 2 to three inches of rain via Wednesday through the time the flood warning is in effect. Elements of Western Kentucky might see three to four inches, NWS meteorologist Jessica Bozell stated.

That’s dangerous information for businesses and householders located between River Street and Zorn Avenue and the Harrods Creek area. Apart from the barbecue restaurant, Captain’s Quarters and Cunningham’s Creekside had shut down by Monday and extra companies have been anticipated to close their doors by midweek.

“We will take 30 ft,” but when the water retains rising, “I’ve received every little thing ready to go,” stated Rusty Hocker, owner of Harrods Creek Tavern.

The timing couldn’t be worse for eateries trying to money in on Valentine’s Day, a large day in the local restaurant scene. At the upscale River House, the employees on Monday canceled 400 reservations, manager Kim Weir stated, adding that the enterprise expects to shut Wednesday.

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Like Harrods Creek Tavern, River House sits up excessive sufficient that average flooding does not swamp the buildings’ inside, however the companies at occasions are pressured to close if excessive water cuts off street entry.

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