Winchester restaurant owners clean up after historic flooding with community members rallying behind them

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) – Business owners are still affected by the devastation caused by the historic Clark County floods.

The Waterfront Grille and Gathering building has been tall since the 18th century and has seen minimal flooding since then, according to the owners.

New owners bought the restaurant in December in the hopes of reopening in April.

The plans have changed since the flood.

Co-owner John Tucker said they tried to empty the building when the water started to rise, but time wasn’t on their side.

“We didn’t expect in the reports that it would be that high, and then suddenly it would be much higher. We had to move fast and get as much out as possible, but we didn’t get much, ”he said.

Tucker and his business partner, Deborah Garrison, said the consequences were worse than expected.

“It’s absolutely breathtaking. I cried a lot of tears yesterday, but I’m much better today because we have people working around the clock trying to get all the mud and crap out of the building, ”Garrison said.

Community members have stepped up to cleanse the inside and clean up the damage.

The owners posted updates on their restaurant’s Facebook page. On Friday they made a post asking for additional “male or female power”.

Several people answered the call that afternoon, and more came on Saturday to help.

The friendliness of the community both helps speed up the cleanup and keep the vibe high.

“We just had a lot of people bringing us food, water and help,” Garrison said.

The owners said they were determined to rebuild and reopen.

It’ll just take a little more time and a little more help.

“We plan to open in the next few months and want the community to support us and help us overcome this great tide,” said Garrison.

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