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River Spirit Casino Resort to reopen swimming pool area

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 18:47:32-04

TULSA — Another big opening is set for Tulsa's River Spirit Casino Resort.

The swimming pool area at River Spirit Casino Resort is set to reopen Friday, July 19.

In May, River Spirit Casino Resort closed temporarily because of rising water from the Arkansas River.

Chief Operating Officer Andy Langston told 2 Works for You employees played a big role in the reopening.

"Words truly cannot articulate my appreciation for employees and our tribal leadership and our board. It was absolutely amazing to watch the unity of everybody come together and reopen in 30 days," Langston said.

Langston said his first concern was the impact the temporary closure had on employees.

It's why they decided to pay employees throughout the closure.

"I have been unemployed before and you know it's not fun, not knowing where your next paycheck is going to come from, or living off unemployment is not good. We wanted to make sure our employees knew they were appreciated," Langston said.

Langston said, during the temporary closure, everyone stepped in to help.

Gale Ford, Executive Assistant to the CFO, said she wasn't surprised.

"Let me tell you, I started here and I was only supposed to work for six months and this place made me feel like it was a family, and these are great people, great people to work for," Ford said.

Restaurant venue manager Maureen Vaughan said she was grateful employees were paid during the temporary closure. She believes people missed working as a family, and it's why she believes people came back.

"People volunteered to do things outside, even the casino people that were really affected by the flood with their homes, different employees volunteered to help them, provide food to them, anything they needed," Vaughan said.

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