Isle of Capri afloat following flood
After more than a month of being sidelined by floodwaters, the Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez, Miss. is back open for business.
The property reopened Monday, May 12 after a week’s worth of cleanup, including removing walls of sandbags that had been put in place to prevent further flooding. About six inches of silt and other debris was also removed.
The Isle of Capri’s patrons, many of whom live in the region and have followed the property’s progress daily, were eager to see the reopening day arrive - a sentiment echoed by Isle executives.
“It feels wonderful,” Interim General Manager John Moran told the Natchez Democrat of the reopening. “It’s a beautiful day, I couldn’t have asked for a prettier day to re-open.”
With the two streets that provide the only access to the Isle of Capri property - D.A. Biglane and Silver Street - now cleared of water and debris and reopen, Natchez City Engineer David Gardner told the Democrat it was the casino’s call on when to reopen. Neither the city or Isle of Capri are strangers to dealing with flooding issues along the Mississippi River.
“This particular go-around we worked with the casino closer than we have in the past,” he said. “It’s proven to work a lot better. I like the way we did it this year.”
He added that Isle took charge of much of the cleanup after the waters had receded, but that there are still a few small tasks that the city’s Public Works department had to handle.
Isle closed its property when waters reached a height of 55.5 feet.