News Land-Based 29 Jul 2022
Flash flooding hits Las Vegas Strip, damaging several casinos
By Louis Thompsett
Flash flooding has hit the Las Vegas Strip, damaging several of its casinos and causing widespread water damage, as well as Downtown Las Vegas.
A slew of videos posted on social media shows water running along Las Vegas Boulevard, as people sludge through shin-high streams while being soaked by heavy rain.
One video posted to social media depicts water gushing through a screen at Circa Resort & Casino, with pools of rain sitting on the carpet of the gaming floor.
Other venues seen visibly affected by Vegas’ uncharacteristic flash flood include Planet Hollywood, where water was filmed cascading through a rain-eroded hole in the ceiling. Furthermore, the water caused roof leaks at Caesars Palace, while the parking garage at Linq Hotel was heavily affected too.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Las Vegas Valley early on Friday 29 July by the City of Las Vegas. Strong storms continue to move through the Las Vegas area.
The news comes the day Nevada reported $1.27bn in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for June, the 16th consecutive month the state recorded over $1bn in GGR. The sixth month of the year saw revenue from baccarat rise significantly to $143,2m, up 237% year-on-year.
There were other revenue risers in June; card games saw a notable yearly growth of 83%, while Ultimate Texas Hold’em rose 22%, and revenue from all other slot machines jumped 22%.
As of now (29 July 2022), it remains unclear how significant the damage to Vegas’ iconic gaming properties is, or will become. Should damages need significant repairs, one would imagine the need for extensive resort closures, as safety checks and repairs take place.
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