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Mississippi River flooding shuts down Tunica County casino

March 6, 2019

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi casino is closed because Mississippi River flooding is partially covering its access road.

Local media report the Fitz Casino in Tunica County closed Sunday at the behest of county emergency managers.

The casino says on its Facebook page that there’s no flooding in its parking lot or casino.

The county’s other six casinos remain open.

County Emergency Management Director Leron Weeks says Mississippi River flooding is at its highest since 2011, when most of the county’s casinos were closed. The Mississippi appears to have crested Tuesday at 52.5 feet at Tunica. That’s the second-highest level ever recorded after 2011.

A number of residential camps unprotected by levees are also flooded, with remaining residents traveling to elevated homes by boat.

The Tunica County Riverpark is also closed.