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Floodwaters close Tulsa's River Spirit Casino through June

Posted at 6:45 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 20:09:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — River Spirit Casino Resort Chief Executive Officer Pat Crofts estimates the Tulsa resort will remain closed through the month of June assuming the water levels diminish during the flood.

The property closed on May 22 as a result of the increased rise in the Arkansas River.

“There are too many unknowns until the water recedes so that we may assess the property and prioritize the most immediate issues to address in order to expedite reopening,” Crofts said. “Based on today’s projection by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, we are hopeful the water release will be reduced to a manageable level.”

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Crofts expects to provide an update next week after a total assessment of the property and how quickly the power can be brought back online.

“While the photos and videos may appear alarming, we want to reassure the public that River Spirit, including the 27-story hotel, Margaritaville and Ruth’s Chris restaurants, and both our gaming floors remain unaffected by the water surrounding our property,” Crofts said. “We will have some amenities, such as the pool and spa that are on the ground level of the Resort, that may be impacted longer for clean-up and repairs.”

Guests are scheduled to stay through June 2019 are being notified of the closure, the resort says. Events, concerts and major meetings are being notified to reschedule for a future date.

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