Thursday, April 28, 2011

Muddy Waters

The river is rising, perhaps soon to levels unseen by any living Memphian. But this seems strange:
Tunica’s casinos are planning to shut down this weekend because of flooding concerns along the Mississippi River.
When Mississippi passed the law allowing gambling it was for 'riverboat gambling'. Riverboats float. So why the big concern about a rising river down there? Yeah, I know.

Meanwhile, up here, and elsewhere along the river, it's a grim, slow moving disaster in the waiting. We're not sure what will result here if the Bird's Point levee is blown, but then again this is uncharted territory. And if that's not enough, we got a call from somebody today that sounded a lot like an automatic voice telling us to brace ourselves because a test earthquake was occurring. It was a good reminder, but geez, we're all kind of shaky down here right now.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

The casinos themselves may be floating, I've never been there so I don't know for sure. But I'm betting they are so attached to the pier/land they could not survive floating free.

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Mustang said...

A boat without power is a disaster waiting to happen ...

A.C. McCloud said...

The casinos have water around them, at least some of them do. Not sure they are floating or if those are moats designed to make it appear that way. But if you can't park I guess you can't gamble. Well check that, some would probably find a way.

LASunsett said...

Ironically enough, the last time I was in Tunica the river was at a record low during a drought and I won some money at the slots in the Grand Victoria. Guess this is a sign not to come down right now.

A.C. McCloud said...

Yes, but did you leave with the winnings--that's the key!

LASunsett said...

Yep...I know when to quit. It paid for my night Beale Street the next evening.