Vicksburg, Mississippi (CNN) -- In a part of Mississippi drenched by overwhelming floods, a glimmer of hope lit up Wednesday. Authorities in Tunica reopened a casino with an employee pep rally.
"We believe that reopening our doors and putting our friends and families back to work as quickly as possible is an important step on the road to recovery," the leaders of Gold Strike Casino and Resort said in a statement.
Casinos are a critical economic driver in the region. Nine were closed due to the flooding of the Mississippi River, said Bill Canter, spokesman for the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Three will reopen by the weekend, he said.
But the area still has a long road ahead before full recovery.
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The Meck Report / Blog - May 18, 2011 - 2:09p