Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino reopened on Wednesday, ten days after Hurricane Ida disconnected City’s power. Other casinos in New Orleans are yet to reopen.
Harrah’s closed on 29th August, before Ida landfall at Port Fourchon, south of New Orleans. On Wednesday, Harrah’s posted on its Facebook page confirming the resumption of business.
“The people of Louisiana are resilient, and we will be singing and dancing in the streets once again.”
Ida was categorized as Category 4 hurricane. It sustained a speed of 150 mph, becoming the fifth strongest hurricane to hit mainland US. Ida caused a massive power outage along the Gulf Coast, which continues into this week.
Harrah’s is the only land-based casino in New Orleans, other casinos in South Louisiana are located along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. Louisiana is home to 13 riverboat casinos and four racinos.
Hurricane Ida also impacted NFL’s New Orleans, which was set to play the season-opening game at home stadium, Caesars Superdome. Saints game against Green Bay Packers was moved to TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
In a statement, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson acknowledged that moving the game out of the Superdome was not easy since the team has a large regional following.
“Collectively, we have a monumental task ahead of us in cleaning up the aftereffects left by Hurricane Ida, but it has been inspiring to see people getting right to work and starting the process.”