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.