A recently published report revealed the severity of the damage caused by Hurricane Zeta to Biloxi casinos.
The city of Biloxi has issued several permits to repair the damages caused by the October storm. These repairs include exterior damages to buildings, electrical and plumbing systems, and damages to parking garages that were flooded during the storm.
Most of the casinos in the area were closed during the storm. Some were closed for several days until power was restored. The casinos have since reopened but some have been undergoing repair while continuing to serve their patrons.
Damage in the Gulf Coast
Mississippi has a total of 26 casinos and 12 of these are in the Gulf Coast, including eight in Biloxi. Of the eight Biloxi casinos, four have contracted the Mississippi based Yates Construction to do fix damages caused by Hurricane Zeta.
According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, Yates has filed building permits totalling $48M to repair damages suffered by the said Biloxi casinos. The permits were issued for repairs to Beau Rivage Casino and Resort ($20M), Hard Rock Hotel and Casino ($20M), IP Resort Casino and Spa ($5M), and Harrah’s Gulf Coast Hotel and Casino ($3M).
Record Breaking Hurricane Season
Hurricane Zeta landed in the early morning of October 28 South of New Orleans, near Cocodrie, Louisiana. With winds stronger than 100 mph, the storm battered the Crescent City, killing six people before moving east to Mississippi and beyond. Zeta was one of the five storms to hit Louisiana during this year’s hurricane season. It caused significant damage to the four casino mentioned earlier.
The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season has produced 30 named hurricanes so far and is one for the record books. Storms Ion, Delta, and Eta had winds that intensified by 100 mph in three or fewer hours. According to experts, that has happened only once in the last 169 years. The hurricane season ends on November 30 but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any major storms after that.