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New Orleans Casinos Nonetheless Closed After Ida Knocks Out Metropolis’s Electrical energy


Sep 2, 2021

Posted on: September 1, 2021, 01:49h. 
Final up to date on: September 1, 2021, 03:06h.

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Casinos within the New Orleans space remained closed on Wednesday, three days after harmful Hurricane Ida toppled utility strains, knocking out energy within the metropolis.

In Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, the Caesars Superdome, seen right here, and the remainder of New Orleans remained with out energy throughout the week. The one lights are from websites the place turbines are offering energy. (Picture: nola.com)

The 4 New Orleans-area main playing halls nonetheless have been closed throughout the center of the week due to native energy outages, stated Lt. Robert Fontenot of the Louisiana State Police. He advised On line casino.org the 4 properties reported no important structural injury. 
Louisiana is house to 13 riverboat casinos, a land-based on line casino in New Orleans, and 4 racinos — horse tracks with slot machines. Dozens of locations that solely supply video poker machines are scattered all through the state.
A number of Gulf Coast casinos shut down their operations final weekend because the hurricane approached landfall. 
Packing sustained winds of 150 mph, the Class 4 hurricane slammed into the Louisiana shoreline south of New Orleans simply earlier than midday on Sunday. The storm’s fierce winds destroyed properties and companies within the hard-hit area, and disabled energy strains that present electrical energy to New Orleans.
The New Orleans-area resorts that remained closed Wednesday embrace Harrah’s New Orleans, the state’s solely land-based business on line casino. Additionally closed are the Honest Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans and two riverboat casinos, the Treasure Chest in Kenner and Boomtown in Harvey. Kenner and Harvey are cities close to downtown New Orleans.
Mississippi Casinos Reopen
In different elements of South Louisiana, some riverboat casinos have been anticipated to open quickly.
The Amelia Belle riverboat on line casino close to Morgan Metropolis was closed over the weekend. By the center of the week, it was making an attempt to reopen, Fontenot advised On line casino.org.
In Baton Rouge, the Hollywood and Belle of Baton Rouge riverboat casinos deliberate to open Wednesday, Fontenot stated. The third riverboat within the space, L’Auberge On line casino Lodge, remained closed.

East of there in Mississippi, the casinos that closed over the weekend have already got reopened, or shall be open by Thursday, stated Allen Godfrey, govt director of the Mississippi Gaming Fee.

Of the 26 business casinos in Mississippi, 12 are alongside the Gulf Coast. Eight are within the Biloxi space.
Some Mississippi casinos skilled minor flooding in lower-level garages, “which isn’t uncommon” throughout hurricanes, Godfrey advised On line casino.org.
Ida is the fifth-most highly effective hurricane ever to hit the mainland US. By Wednesday, the variety of deaths from the storm reached 4, although authorities stated that quantity may go increased as crews work via the wreckage and particles.
Energy, Water Outages 
Along with knocking out electrical energy for multiple million utility clients, the hurricane left 441,000 individuals in 17 Louisiana parishes with no faucet water, in keeping with the Related Press. An extra 319,000 individuals have been below a boil-water order.
With out electrical energy and water, many individuals within the hurricane’s wake have been affected by the oppressive warmth and humidity, including an additional layer of distress. Climate forecasters stated the mixed warmth and humidity made space temperatures really feel like 105 levels on Tuesday and 106 on Wednesday, the Related Press reported.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell stated energy might be restored to some elements of town by Wednesday. Nevertheless, officers have careworn {that a} widespread repair is a protracted methods off.

“We all know it’s scorching,” the mayor stated. “We all know we do not need any energy, and that continues to be a precedence.”

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