Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel reopens after flooding damage

Updated: Feb. 25, 2020 at 12:48 PM CST
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METROPOLIS, ILL. (KFVS) - Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel closed on Sunday, Feb. 23 due to rising water levels from the Ohio River.

The business announced it will reopen Tuesday, Feb, 25 at 8 a.m.

The decision was made to reopen, just after the one day closure, due to the Ohio River receding.

Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel said the business would reopen after first making sure patrons and employees would be safe.

Harrah’s Casino’s Advertising and Public Relations Specialist Chad Lewis said they learned a lot from flooding in Metropolis, Ill.

The last three flooding events has helped the casino develop a plan to combat the rising waters.

"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 say the floodwaters did recently impact the casino, but thankfully, there was a little damage.

"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."

Crews were also on the property Monday, where they were spraying off the parking lot after the receding floodwaters. Other crews were inside doing some general cleaning of the casino and hotel.

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