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TUNICA, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Flooding inside and around the nine Tunica casinos could have a devastating effect on the county's economy, officials said Thursday.

Thursday, local officials offered the media a tour of the area surrounding the casinos, showing just how bad the flooding is.  Officials said a number of amenities around the casinos have already taken on water, including the Harrah's casino tower, which has nearly six feet of water inside.

As floodwaters continue to rise, the Mississippi Gaming Commission and gaming executives have implemented a plan to protect gaming equipment. Already, money from each facility has also been moved. Additionally, several of the casinos have pumps and levees made of dirt around their casinos to try to keep water out.

"We have security forces, additional law enforcement and fish and wildlife in town to patrol by boat and patrol the levees to make sure they're maintained," said R. Stewart of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the closure of the casinos will have a devastating impact on Tunica's economy.  They are still not exactly sure when the casinos will reopen, but estimate it could be three to six weeks.

DARING RESCUE

Near one closed casino, officials with the Tunica Humane Society took action Thursday morning with a daring rescue of dog stranded by flood waters.

For the last three years, we've been trying to rescue a dog that has lived in the woods across from the Horseshoe Casino," the group's Sandy Williams said.

No one has ever been able to close enough to the dog to catch it.  Thursday morning the Humane Society received information that it was surrounded by flood waters.

"Once we located her, we got on an air boat and we went out there to get her," Williams said.

Startled, the dog attempted to swim away.
 
"The water was really deep and she dove into the water and took off swimming," Williams said. "She swam for five minutes. She was exhausted. She got onto the parking lot and we were able to get her."

After the dog was pulled from the rising floodwaters, she was taken to a veterinarian in Hernando for a check up.
 
"When we finally got her, we wrapped a towel around her and found out she's expecting puppies," Williams said.

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