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Official: Power won't be fully back at Vegas casino for days

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/30/2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say it will likely be several days before the Rio casino hotel tower in Las Vegas is fully reopened after a power outage.

Spokesman Richard Broome of the Rio's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, said the company is testing to see whether rooms on the lowest 20 floors can be occupied Friday. That could mean about 500 rooms would reopen in time for the busy New Year's Eve holiday.

Broome said about 400 rooms on the upper floors of the Masquerade Tower will likely be unoccupied for days after the holiday.

The chain of events that triggered the outage and evacuation started Wednesday, when a sink in a service area overflowed and shorted a fuse in the tower's power system.

Guests were transferred to other hotel rooms.

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