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Mississippi River casinos begin shutdown as river rises

The entrance to Resorts Casino was blocked off Thursday afternoon. It was the first Tunica casino to close in response to the rising Mississippi River. (Photo source: Jackpot! Magazine) The entrance to Resorts Casino was blocked off Thursday afternoon. It was the first Tunica casino to close in response to the rising Mississippi River. (Photo source: Jackpot! Magazine)
Workers are busy filling sand bags behind the Fitz Casino and Hotel. Workers are busy filling sand bags behind the Fitz Casino and Hotel.
Sandbags are stacked outside the walls of Resorts Casino, which closed Thursday. Sandbags are stacked outside the walls of Resorts Casino, which closed Thursday.
Pumps and hoses are positioned at Bally's Casino as it prepares to close. Pumps and hoses are positioned at Bally's Casino as it prepares to close.
TUNICA, MS (WLOX) -

As the Mississippi River rises to near-record levels, Tunica's nine casinos will shut down indefinitely. The staggered shutdown began at 2 p.m. Thursday and will continue based on the forecast river levels.

Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, issued closure orders Wednesday to ensure the safety of visitors and workers. The shutdown will displace about 10,000 workers and costing millions in lost dollars for the Delta community and the state's economy.

Resorts Casino Tunica was the first to close Thursday. Gregory expects the projected river levels will eventually shut down casinos in Greenville, Vicksburg and Natchez.

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