TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s River Spirit Casino Resort will remain closed at least throughout June due to flooding from the Arkansas River.
It's been closed since May 22.
The River Spirit Resort Pool deck is under water. Officials say the water has begun to seep into the interior of the building at the pool deck level with the indoor/ outdoo Tiki Bar Dining and Resort Spa.
The Resort Hotel, Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino and Ruth Chris Restaurant floor are in no danger of being compromised by the water because the level is 13 feet higher than the Resort Pool deck.
The pedestrian bridge in front of the resort is also closed to runners and bicyclist for safety.
Resort officials also responded to claims and rumors circulating on social media about the buildings' integrity:
- The Resort Pool deck is an elevation of 615, which is the current water level. The water has entered the pool deck and the Resort swimming pool. The water has begun to seep into the interior of the building at the pool deck level with the indoor/outdoor Tiki Bar Dining and the Resort Spa.
- The Resort Hotel, Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino are at an elevation level of 628 and is in no danger of being compromised by the water. This level is 13 feet higher than the Resort pool deck.
- The spread of the water from the Arkansas River continues to impact the south parking lot and the subterranean parking garage at a 612 elevation level.
- The ground level south to north driveway in front of the subterranean parking garage has water and is not accessible.
- The North Parking garage is not accessible due to water blocking the driveway entries.
- The Fred Creek flood channel is overflowing its containment and is joining the water flow in the Arkansas River, but does not further impact the immediate area surrounding the facilities.
- Level 00 is an elevation of 616. The water has impacted this level which contains the loading docks, storage area and mechanical management, which are below the elevation of 616.
- Guests scheduled to stay through June 2019 are being notified of the closure. Events, concerts and major meetings are being notified to reschedule for a future date
The 91st and Riverside resort first closed on May 22 as the water began to rise.
While the resort is closed, Muscogee (Creek) Nation officials announced they will continue to pay all River Spirit employees normally. They said they don't want employees to worry about finances during this stressful time.
Officials said the resort employees more than $1,600 workers and maintains a bi-weekly payroll of about $2.5 million. They have committed to maintaining that payroll
Guests staying at the hotel have been relocated elsewhere and future guests with reservations will be rescheduled.
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