Tribe works to clean up 7 Clans Paradise Casino

At 7 Clans Paradise Casino, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe is working to clean up damage caused by a tornado Monday. The casinos prepared for bad weather, a tribal spokeswoman said.

BY JERRY PITTMAN Published: May 13, 2010
RED ROCK — Work continued Wednesday on repairs to 7 Clans Paradise Casino, which was damaged Monday by fierce winds spawned by one of the numerous tornadoes that hit the state.

The casino, which employs 250 people, was evacuated Monday after the storm hit and was closed until a portion of it reopened at mid-day Wednesday.

Heather Sarles, public information officer for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe that owns the casino, said the 40,000-square-feet facility sustained wind damage to the front and back of the building.

"Everyone who was in the casino and the village (the tribal housing complex) was evacuated safely and no one was injured,” Sarles said Wednesday.

Tom Butler, casino general manager, said there were about 60 people in the casino when the storm hit. He said Sky Guard Weather Data Inc. is installed in the casino, tribal headquarters, housing, and gaming commission offices. Sky Guard generates alerts by fax, e-mails and text message within five miles of the facilities.

"It gives a 30-minute warning,” Butler said. Attention has now turned to cleanup and repair of the damage left in the storm’s wake. Ongoing Coverage: May 10 tornadoes


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