Illinois casino reopens after threat from floods
Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel avoids damage when the Ohio River flooded
The Ohio River flooded on Sunday, causing several businesses in the area to close while the water level increased. Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel is one of those affected places and it closed its doors on February 23, scheduled to reopen today at 8 AM since the river receded. Since it is not the first time it has happened, the Harrah’s Metropolis Casino had to make sure the facility didn’t suffer serious damages and that it was safe for both patrons and employees to return to normal activities.
According to Harrah’s Casino Advertising and Public Relations Specialist, Chad Lewis, they already have practice with flooding events in Metropolis, Illinois. Based on the impact from the last three flooding events, the casino came up with an action plan to deal with the issues in the most effective way possible. “The last three years have been very educational to us as far as planning and executing our plan of attack,” Lewis said. “Basically, as the river starts to come up, our plans start to unfold, so we kind of know where we’re at and what’s going to happen as the river starts to come up.” Lewis did confirm that recent flood waters have impacted the casino recently but luckily the damage reported was minor. “Mainly the exterior of the hotel and just some small areas where the water creeps in,” Lewis said. “Other than that, we’re pretty much going to vacuum it out and do some cleaning up and hopefully get back to normal soon.”
The casino’s action plan seems to be working ideally, and it is ready to reopen its doors in less than two days, even crews were outside spraying off the mud out of the parking lot. And crews taking care of the cleaning inside of the hotel.