Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Suspends Business Operations While Red Chute Bayou Flooding Remains A Threat

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Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Suspends Business Operations
While Red Chute Bayou Flooding Remains A Threat

From Staff Reports:

(Bossier City, LA) – Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack will close Friday, March 11, 2016, at 1pm to the public as a safety precaution due to the threat of rising water on Red Chute Bayou. Harrah’s Senior Management Team has worked closely with officials to monitor the situation and make sure Harrah’s employees, guests and animals remain safe. Officials with the Corps of Engineers and Homeland Security expect flood waters from Red Chute Bayou to top the levee and overflow at some point on Friday.

Thursday night, as two neighborhoods adjacent to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs were ordered to evacuate, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Management began working with the horse owners and trainers to take the necessary precautions and move the racing backside community and horses located in the Louisiana Downs stables off the property. The live racing schedule has been cancelled for Saturday, March 12th through Wednesday, March 16th. It is unknown at this point if the property will run the final weekend of the Quarter Horse meet expected to begin March 19th.

When the water levels recede and the determination has been made that the property is safe, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will resume business operations.