Stateline casinos report extensive damage from frozen pipes
All four major casinos at Stateline reported frozen pipes during a recent cold snap that saw record-breaking low temperatures.
Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin told the Lake Tahoe News that the damage started Jan. 13 at the Horizon Casino Resort when a pipe froze and burst near a loading dock. On Monday, pipes froze at Harrah's, Harvey's and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
The most extensive damage came at around 8 a.m. Monday at Harrah's when a pipe on the 18th floor froze and broke, flooding the tower with thousands of gallons of water, Guevin said. Elevators were shut down for hours, and water seeped into restaurants on the upper floors and down the elevator shafts, he said.
At around 11 a.m., a sprinkler head broke at Harrah's, discharging water into the high-limit gaming area and forcing evacuations.
“The engineering department was quick to respond in all the issues and make it safe for everyone and minimize the water damage and get the fire system back online for the safety of patrons,” Guevin told the Lake Tahoe News.
The next pipe to go was at 11:30am at Harveys. A fire head discharged over an employee at a jewelry store. The gaming floor then began to flood.
At MontBleu on Monday afternoon a zone near the casino area by the front doors had frozen pipes, Guevin said.
The temperature in South Lake Tahoe on Monday was a record minus 11 degrees.