Hundreds of casino workers from the three states surrounding Sioux City who were laid off in early June due to the flooding Missouri River will soon go back to work.
While the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, is still surrounded by floodwaters, owners have gotten special permission to use amphibious “duck boats” from land near Interstate 29 to reach the gambling hall.
WinnaVegas spokeswoman Deana Whistler says the duck boats will drive and float for about a mile through the murky water to the moat surrounding the casino.
She says it’s two feet deep right up next to the berm and probably a little deeper in other places. The casino closed June 10th when the Missouri floodwaters rose.
Using the duck boats, Whistler says they’ll be able to get the employees back to work and let people visit and gamble again. She says patrons will probably be charged some sort of fee to ride the duck boats, but then will get some sort of “kickback” once they get into the casino.
Whistler says the casino plans to purchase two duck boats from Panama City, Florida, for roughly $175,000 each. They hope to re-open the casino next week on July 27th.