METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - After flooding from the Ohio River forced the Harrah’s Metropolis Casino to close, the casino reopened at 11 a.m. on March 19.
Casino officials said the river has receded enough that guests and employees can return to the building.
PR Director, Chad Lewis said he and the rest of the employees are glad to be getting back to their daily schedules.
“Everybody’s excited to be getting back,” he said, “Getting back to their routine, getting back to their jobs, kind of getting back to normal.”
Right now, the Casino and Hotel are open, however the pavilion area right next to the water still has some drying out to do. There are still fans and heaters running to dry out the floor where carpeting had to be removed.
However, repairs to the pavilion aren’t getting in the way of business according to Lewis, although he did say it will be a little while before Harrah’s is back to 100%.
“Getting everything back to the way it was where it’s perfect - the wall paper, the carpet - that takes a little more time,” he said, “but getting everything safe for everyone to come back to, that’s about a week turn around.”
People were walking into the casino right at the time of reopening, Lewis hopes it stays that way until this time next year.
“We think we have a pretty good handle on it now,” Lewis said, “so moving forward, we’re able to take the data that we got this time around and hopefully use it for our benefit the next time this does happen.”
Times to know:
- Bridges Dining Company will open on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
- Aces express will open as usual at 6 p.m.
- The fresh Buffet will open as usual at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
- The fresh Buffet will offer an all-you-can-eat crab leg add-on for the remaining Thursdays in March.
- The hotel will remain closed at this time but is expected to open prior to the weekend.
Casino officials said thanks to the business’ parent company all employees were paid during the month-long closure. Employees kept busy during the closure helping out around Metropolis.
The property closed for 17 days February 26, 2018 through March 15, 2018 for flooding. In 2011, it closed for 39 days due to flooding.