Hurricane Ida Knock out New Orleans Electricity, Casinos Delay Reopening


On Wednesday, New Orleans casinos were yet to reopen, three days after the destructive Hurricane Ida swept the city, leaving it without power.

According to Lt. Robert Fontenot of Louisiana State Police, the reopening of New Orleans casinos is delayed because of a power outage. Fontenot noted that the four New Orleans gaming properties had no significant structural damage.

New Orleans casinos that remained closed on Wednesday include- Harrah’s New Orleans, Fair Grounds Race Course, Treasure Chest in Kenner, and Boomtown in Harvey.

In South Louisiana, riverboat casinos are expected to reopen soon. The Amelia Belle riverboat casino began reopening on Wednesday after closing over the weekend. Hollywood and Belle riverboat casinos in Baton Rouge are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday.

East of Mississippi, casino the closed over the weekend and planned to reopen by Thursday. Mississippi is home to 26 casinos, 12 located along the Gulf Coast.

Mississippi casinos experienced slight damage including, minor flooding that is normal after a hurricane. Ida is the fifth most powerful hurricane in US history.

Ida sustained a speed of 160 mph, a category 4 hurricane, slammed into the shoreline with a fierce storm’s wind that tore homes and disabled the powerline. Four people were reported dead from the hurricane, and authorities speculate that the number could go higher.


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