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Casinos plan for possible closure due to river rise

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Posted: May 3, 2011 10:30 PM by Ashley Rodrigue, Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 3, 2011 10:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: casino, Baton Rouge, river, water, ramps, current

BATON ROUGE- Inspections at the two casino boats in Baton Rouge could start this week.

Safety gets questionable when the river rises to the 40-foot mark. Tuesday night, the river was above 35 feet.

Plans are being worked out between casino owners and state police who oversee gaming operations. A decision on closing the boats is based on when high water makes ramps connection the boats to land unsafe or unstable.

Inspectors will also take a close look at how currents threaten the stability of the boats themselves.

In Tunica, Mississippi, river boats are already closed.

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