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Casino hotels at Tunica re-open after Mississippi floods

Flood Waters Approaching the South

The gambling center in Tunica is open again for business following some record floods from the Mississippi River. Sam’s Town and Gold Strike were among the hotel-casino’s announcing their reopening, thanks to the clean-up work of the employees who pitched in to help.

The area had to shut down the gambling recreation business closing 11 casinos in the area about 30 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.

Workers were sent home because of the deluge of waters that overflowed the river impacting MGM, Grand, Sam’s Town and other Harrah’s hotel chains.

According to PRonlineNews.com sources, room reservations would not be accepted until the end of May with a restart target date around June 1st but that date was moved back to this week.

Flood worries that prompted the U.S. government to blast open a Missouri levees to ease pressure on some towns are rippling down the Mississippi River, led to more evacuations and unease as the Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to purposely inundate more land with water.

Harrah's Tunica Flooded

That calculation to draw down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the nation’s midsection appeared to do its job. Without that breach, the river was forecast to have steadily crept up record flood levels

In southeast Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana – concerns grew as the river continued to rise.

Memphis, where the Mississippi was at 43.8 feet Tuesday, could saw a near-record crest. Water from the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers had seeped into parts of the suburbs and some mobile home parks were swamped.


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