Report: Louisiana Casinos To Be Hit With Deadly Nine-Foot Storm Surge

Lake Charles casinos are in the direct path of Hurricane Laura, expected to produced a 'unsurvivable' storm surge as high as 20 feet.

Louisiana and Texas are bracing for an extremely dangerous hurricane Wednesday evening, one that reportedly threatens some of the brick-and-mortar casinos in the Pelican State.

The storm surge from Hurricane Laura reportedly will be as high as 20 feet. The projected path of the devastating storm puts Lake Charles, La., directly in its cross-hairs. According to, the area has four gambling facilities: Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, and L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles.

The Weather Channel reported that the casinos could see more than nine feet of storm surge.

On Tuesday, Golden Nugget announced that it was closing due to the incoming storm.

“Golden Nugget Lake Charles announced today that the casino will be temporarily closing on August 25th at 2:00 p.m. due to the impact of Hurricane Laura,” the casino posted on Facebook more than 24 hours before the hurricane was expected to make landfall. “The safety and well-being of our guests and team members is our top priority. We will be in contact with local officials monitoring when it is safe to reopen the casino.”

The other local casinos also closed due to the hurricane.

Tough time for Lake Charles casinos

Though the casinos reopened relatively early compared to casinos in other states, it has still been a hard summer for the properties. The Lake Charles casino market was down 6% year-over-year in July.

That’s not what Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, Landry’s, and Penn National Gaming were hoping for, but the performance isn’t that bad considering the pandemic is still ongoing.

Hurricane Laura will keep the casinos closed for at least a few days, though it’s unclear what kind of damage the properties could sustain due to the storm.

Furthermore, infrastructure in Lake Charles apparently is vulnerable to the storm, potentially restricting access to the casinos in the storm’s aftermath, whenever that may be.


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