BREAKING NEWS: Casino reopening close
As of 7 a.m., the Mississippi River had fallen to 45.6 feet, Emergency Management officials said at the May 16 briefing.
Although still above flood stage, the receding waters may allow for a few area casinos to reopen this week. Mississippi Gaming Commission officials said that surveillance has been approved at Gold Strike Casino. They plan to inspect Road House and Horseshoe's surveillance this week. All surveillance details must be approved before any casino can be reopened.
Jimmie Neal, chief of the North Tunica Fire Department, said he was concerned about roads leading to The Fitz and Sam's Town, Resorts, and Hollywood.
MEMA officials agreed saying that roads that have been sitting under water being saturated could have been weakened.
Emergency Management Director Randy Stewart said that officials were being extra cautious and the county engineer was on standby to inspect all effected roads.
"We don't want to open the casinos today and have to close two days later," Stewart said.
Stewart said he hoped to have a list of scheduled casino openings late Monday or early Tuesday.