The 3,000 electronic video games and gaming tables are silent at River Spirit Casino Resort because the water encroaches, idling greater than 1,500 workers in an eerie scene threatening to repeat itself in flood-soaked communities throughout the Midwest and the Great Plains.
The 200,000-sq.-foot gambling mecca has been closed because the Arkansas River started flooding last week, and it is expected to remain closed until at least the middle of next week, stated Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, which operates the online casino.
The online casino’s pool bar is beneath the water, which has even entered its famed tiki bar, the resort mentioned.
The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing 275,000 cubic feet of water per second from the Keystone Dam, which protects Tulsans from the waters of Keystone Lake and the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers upstream.
Authorities warned Tuesday that the discharge might elevate standing floodwaters by more significant than a foot in Tulsa and the communities of Sand Springs and Bixby.
Greater than 2 million gallons of water a second is flowing towards Tulsa, placing the city’s 75-year-old community of levees susceptible to failing. If that have been to occur, entire neighborhoods will flood with water that the Tulsa Health Department stated is prone to be filled with snakes, sewage, and debris.
With other storms anticipated arrive Tuesday night time, “please put together for the worst-case state of affairs that we have had within the historical past of the town,” Bynum urged Tulsa’s 400,000 residents.
No less than six deaths have been confirmed in Oklahoma for the reason that extreme climate and flooding started early last week, the state’s chief medical expert stated. Each county within the country remained below emergency declarations on Tuesday.
Two levees northwest of Little Rock on the Arkansas facet of the river have already been topped because the flooding swallows up a lot of the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, stated the state Department of Emergency Management, which closed two main bridges spanning the river on Monday evening.