Casino Offering Shelter to Hurricane Florence Evacuees ‘Fully Booked’

Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City

An Atlantic City Casino that offered shelter to Hurricane Florence evacuees has announced they’re completely booked.

Bruce Deifik, the owner of the Ocean Resort Casino, announced this week that the casino would offer free rooms to anyone seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence.

In a tweet last night, however, the resort revealed they were at capacity and had no more rooms available through to Saturday this week. However, the casino did state they had room from this Sunday to next Thursday.

They tweeted: “Due to the overwhelming response, we are sold out through Saturday 9/15. However, we will be able to offer rooms Sunday 9/16 through Thursday 9/20. Rooms can be booked by calling 1-866-50-OCEAN.”

Sheltering Hurricane Florance Evacuees

Deifik first revealed the news that the hotel was sheltering evacuees in a statement, saying: “We completely understand the concern for families and the community during times like this, so we want to do our part by providing somewhere safe, warm and dry to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.”

Then, in an interview with the Associated Press, Deifik said he wouldn’t place any strict boundaries on which areas qualified for shelter, saying: “They have to show proof that they live in an area that is threatened with a direct hit or an area in danger.”

He added: “Ninety-five per cent of people I’m sure will be honest about it. There’s always going to be some scammers, but if it takes letter a few of them slip by in order to help the majority of people, then so be it.”

Hurricane Florence is expected to impact around 10 million people in the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The hurricane is expected to hit North Carolina later today and as storm conditions worsen, nearly 200,000 people have been left without power.