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Harrah's Metropolis set to reopen after flooding

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METROPOLIS -- The Ohio River is expected to be several feet above flood stage until at least this weekend, forcing the Harrah's Metropolis to close.

Harrah's Metropolis public relations supervisor Chad Lewis said the only time he saw flooding bad enough to close the business was in 2011.

"It ended up being kind of faster than we anticipated," Lewis said of the rising river.

Flooding forced the casino to close more than two weeks ago, Feb. 25. Since then, Lewis said crews have been working to clear the area and make sure necessary employees can make it into work.

He said everyone is getting paid regardless but the loss of revenue from being closed hurts.

"It's not good for us, it's not good for this community, it's not good for tourism, it's just not good all around," Lewis said.

Metropolis Public Safety Director Harry Masse said river levels are dropping rapidly and more roads are opening back up.

"It's just a matter of not just the water receding, but debris makes its way up everywhere so we have to get those streets cleaned up, too," Masse said.

He said Metropolis High School students helped four homeowners sandbag their properties but no one had to leave their homes.

Lewis said he hopes to have the casino open again Thursday morning.

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