The President Casino in downtown St. Louis is scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning after it temporarily closed Saturday morning due to rising flood waters on the Mississippi River, according to the casino’s owner and operator Pinnacle Entertainment.
President Casino employees are working to remove mud and other debris from the parking lots, Porte Cohere and access ramps to the boat.
At 9 p.m. Sunday, flood stage reached 31.5 feet. Parts of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and the President Casino entry Porte Cohere begin to flood at 31 feet.
President Casino General Manager Chris Strobbe said it’s a situation the casino must deal with each year, though this is the first flooding closure for President Casino in nearly six years. He said patrons adjust to it.
President Casino notified the Missouri Gaming Commission about the temporary closure on Friday. Lumière Place, Pinnacle Entertainment’s other casino in downtown St. Louis, is not affected by the rising flood waters and remained open just a few blocks west of the President Casino.
Despite the closure and loss of business, Strobbe called the situation a „win-win“ because President Casino patrons were able to experience the newly opened Lumiere Place. He said he expects those patrons to return to President Casino when it reopens.
Rising flood waters on the Mississippi River also caused the temporary closure of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.’s Natchez, Miss., casino on Sunday morning.
St. Louis-based Isle of Capri Casinos currently owns and operates riverboat, dockside and land-based casinos at 18 locations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and overseas.
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. is a Las Vegas-based company that owns and operates casinos in Missouri, Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, Argentina and the Bahamas.