Business prepare for River Road flooding. | Courtesy WLKY

By Deni Kamper | WLKY

Businesses are preparing for flooding, as more rain is expected to fall in the Louisville area in the coming days.

Sandbags line the windows and doors at Captain’s Quarters as the restaurant braces for floodwaters.

“We’re hoping it doesn’t go above 5 feet in the restaurant,” said the restaurant’s general manager Paul Flohn. “It’s not anything fun that anybody wants to experience. However, once we realize it’s going to enter the building, we have certain steps and protocol that we follow.”

Flohn said the restaurant crew spent the weekend preparing.

“We removed, I would say 90 percent of our food already. We empty all of our storage units and utilize the trailers,” Flohn said.

About five miles down River Road, it’s business as usual at Kingfish.

“Of course, we watch it out front. I mean, we can tell when it’s coming up. We know what levels are going to get us out of here,” said Hal Rogers, a manager at Kingfish. Rogers said the restaurant will stay open until the road is flooded. If the water gets too high, the restaurant will try to salvage perishable food before closing up.

“We usually take what food we do have filled out over to our other location in Jeffersonville so they can use it up,” Rogers explained.

Flohn said they’re expecting about five feet of water will seep into the restaurant, which he hopes will require less clean up than the nearly eight feet that got in last February.

“It really depends on Mother Nature,” Flohn said.

Captain’s Quarters will be closed on Monday. When it reopens will depend on the river.

“It can take anywhere from two days to five days, just depending how bad it is,” he said.

Here are expected road closings

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The first to close is River Road downtown from 4th to 7th.

  • 4th to 2nd will close later in the week.
  • The I-64 west exit to Third St. will close Thursday night.
  • Portions of River Road east of downtown will close.
  • Campbell St, Frankfort Ave., and Mockingbird Valley Rd. near the river will close on Tuesday.
  • River Road at Indian Hills Trail will close on Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, many areas of River Road all the way out to Glenview will close.
  • Blankenbaker near the river will close.
  • River Dell at Mellwood closes.
  • Beachland Beach will be cut off starting on Wednesday.
  • Lime Kiln Lane will close near the river on Wednesday.