Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Hotel in Elizabeth has temporarily closed their hotel accommodations due to rising water levels in the Ohio River. When it is forecast that the river will rise above 55.5 feet the general manager makes a decision to close the hotel for the safety of guests.
The hotel is not currently under water, but as the river rises it could make it difficult for first-responders to reach in case of an emergency. Guests were evacuated on Sunday. The river was at 55 feet in New Albany on Monday. Some roads along the river have been closed elsewhere due to minor flooding. The riverboat casino remains open.
The Ohio River has not reached flood stage since cresting at 58 feet and closing the entire property in 2011, but is expected to continue to rise with melting snow upstream and rain in the forecast for today. In 1937 the river flooded from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois leaving over a million homeless and claiming 385 lives.