Local BBQ restaurant overtaken by floodwaters

The restaurant was already struggling due to the pandemic. Then the waters came.

Buck's BBQ in Ludlow closed for business due to flooding

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A local restaurant is closed Wednesday because of flooding, adding insult to injury after a year spent dealing with forced closures due to the pandemic.

Flood waters currently hide the floor at Buck’s BBQ in Ludlow, owned by Buck Buchanan.

“We underestimated the power of this river,” Buchanan told FOX19 NOW Wednesday night.

Buchanan has owned the restaurant for several years. It’s been at its current Elm Street location since August 2020.

He was able to clear out the restaurant before it flooded with help from neighbors and the nonprofit Knights of Columbus. That took more than a day.

But the water is higher than even Buchanan expected, and now much of his restaurant sits beneath it.

The river is set to keep rising, too, with a crest of 56.6 feet expected Thursday morning.

“We knew that we were going to get hit sometime, and it has happened,” he said. “The severity is what we’re dealing with now.”

Buchanan’s family have set up a fundraiser to help.

“I think one of the biggest losses we have is we serve everything fresh daily, and the standards are high here. Everybody works as a team to get that done, and all of the inventory replenished, that’s the biggest hit,” Buchanan said. “I would say [between $4,000 and $5,000] worth of product that will need to be replaced.”

Buchanan’s daughter, Cammy Buchanan says her father and his business deserve the help.

“This guy, he just gives and gives and gives and never receives,” she said, “so I think that us as a community can get together and give him something back in appreciation for the help that he always gives everyone.”

Buchanan says he hopes the water will recede soon so his employees can get back to work. They’ll sterilize everything first before moving their equipment and furniture back in.

Then, hopefully, they can all welcome customers back into the restaurant.

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