STATELINE, Nev. – The bitter cold temperatures are causing pipes to burst across the Lake Tahoe area. The four largest casinos in Stateline have been impacted, according to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal.
January 13, a pipe burst at the Horizon near the loading dock. The next day, Harrah’s, Harveys and MontBlue each faced a busted pipe problem.
The incident at Harrah’s happened on the 18th floor. We’re told the tower was flooded with several thousand gallons of water. Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin told the Lake Tahoe News the elevators were shut down as well. Several hours later a sprinkler broke in the high limit gaming area. Part of that area was evacuated.
At Harvey’s, a pipe burst at 11:30 Monday morning right over an employee working in a jewelry store. Then the gaming floor started to flood. At 3pm, another pipe broke near the elevator lobby on the casino floor. As of Tuesday morning, two elevators are still offline, but everything else has been cleaned up so it's business as usual.
Over at the MontBlue, pipes designed specifically not to freeze, froze right by the front doors. Crews are working to get the system working again, but business is not being impacted.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course was dealing with a frozen sprinkler head breaking in the maintenance shop.
The biggest concern, according to Fire Marshal Guevin, is the fire danger. Some of these frozen lines are in the sprinkler systems which are designed to put out fires. Guevin says until the lines are repaired, a fire watch is in place.
Monday's temperature in South Lake Tahoe reached minus 11 degrees, a new record low. The previous record was minus 7 set in 1997.