urricane Laura struck Louisiana as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, leaving widespread destruction across the state.
As reported by CBS News, the storm, now a tropical depression, knocked out power to nearly one million customers in Texas and Louisiana and tore apart homes and businesses, including three Lake Charles casinos.
The floating casino Isle of Capri broke loose and hit the I-10 bridge. The floating casino was put back in place by a tugboat later in the day.
The Golden Nugget suffered some minor cosmetic damage to the top of the hotel, plus damage to an outside stage and swimming pool, ABC13 news reports. The hotel provided shelter for refinery workers, first responders, and journalists covering the storm.
The Golden Nugget released the following statement:
"Safety is always our top priority. After further assessing the situation, intense recovery efforts and accommodating the needs of first responders, we are unsure of an exact reopening date. We look forward to serving our patrons when the time is right and deemed safe to do so. Although we were very fortunate that the majority of our hotel and casino was unaffected by Hurricane Laura, many in the surrounding areas were not. Our focus remains on our employees, our community and their recovery efforts. Our prayers go out our nearly 1,700 employees of the Golden Nugget Casino and our area-residents in the greater Lake Charles and Louisiana communities."
The L'Auberge casino suffered damage to some of the top floors of the building and heavy damage to the lazy river and pool area. L'Auberge has not responded to our request for more information.