April 29 Update: Cut-off evacuations ending today
"The (Mississippi) river is at 38.4 feet at the Memphis gauge and rising," county emergency management official Alec Clark said at the EOC briefing this morning. A May 10 crest of 45 feet is still projected.
Casino closings are proceeding on schedule, according to Bill Canter of the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau. Caesar's Entertainment, which owns and operates Harrah's, Horseshoe and Roadhouse casinos here, has announced they will compensate employees who are unable to work during the temporary closure.
Caesars employees will be able to receive updates about their jobs and the eventual reopening of the casinos at 1-888-488-OPEN and via personal email.
The Terrace and Veranda hotels, the spa, golf course and RV park at Harrah's Tunica are open and will remain open.
Twenty-six people were sheltered at the Henderson Rec Center last night–three from flash floods along Verner and Fish Lake roads earlier this week and 23 who have evacuated from the Cut-off area.
Entergy is completely shutting off power at the Cut-off at noon today and the levee will close today in Tunica, DeSoto and Coahoma counties. The Tunica County Utility District terminated sewer service to the Cut-off and water service will be suspended to day.
No more removal of property from the Cut-off will be allowed after 6 p.m. today (Friday). Access to all property on the wet side of the levee will be restricted to utilities, security personnel and others in an official capacity.
"We're in a flood flight, and people need to know that," said Jamie Roberson, Emergency Management Director for the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board.
Livestock owners have until Wednesday to remove all animals from the land on the levee that the Levee Board leases.
Right now, the Mississippi Gaming Commissioner is not expecting that the Isle of Capri will be forced to close.
On the east side of the county, the Coldwater River has crested but is expected to stay at its current level through May 3. Arkabutla Dam is not releasing any water at this time.
The YMD Levee Board wants the public to know that "the levee is strong, there are no problem areas and that they are monitoring the situation round the clock," Roberson said this morning.
"We still have plenty of free board– that is, levee land that is from the top of the levee down to the water level," he added.
Roberson can be contacted at 662-624-4397.