Surge from Gustav floods first floor of Hard Rock casino

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The ground floor of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Biloxi's casino row was flooded during the storm surge today (Monday) from Hurricane Gustav and wind-whipped water continued to splash into its parking garage.

Three years ago, Hurricane Katrina smashed the casino three years ago shortly before it was to open.

Bobby Tuber, the casino's facility-grounds manager, says the storm put about 30 inches of water in the building but the casino itself, located on an upper level, and was not damaged.       Workers were using a pump and a large hose to remove the water.

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