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River Spirit Casino will remain closed until water levels recede

Posted at 5:32 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 16:30:27-04

TULSA, Okla — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and several others went inside the River Spirit Casino this afternoon to see if any water had seeped inside.

According to Muscogee Creek Nation officials the gaming floor is dry, but are inches away from trouble.

“Working together with our partner government officials is key to ensure each are informed of the economic impact of this event as state and federal disaster areas are assessed,” Chief Floyd said.

They say it'll be a week or more before they are able to reopen.

Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee Nation Casinos, says "I'm sure it'll take a day or so for the water to go down. There's a lot of clean up on our parking lot, subterranean parking, and our loading dock. We're ready to go as soon as the water recedes."

About one thousand eight hundred employees work in the building.

Those working for the tribe will continue to be paid while the casino and hotel are shut down.

“All facilities on the property remain structurally sound and, as designed, are withstanding the current level of release of 250,000 cubic feet per second from the Keystone Dam. We accounted for the possibility of a 100-year-flood and beyond,” Crofts said.

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